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Ralph C. J. Wallace Scrapbook

 Collection
Identifier: 31/6/79

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Spanning the period from 1902 to 1920, with the bulk of materials dating between 1903 and 1907, the Ralph C. J. Wallace scrapbook documents the college social lives of Ralph Wallace and (to a lesser extent) Bess Linder Wallace at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. Arranged in their original order (which is not strictly chronological), scrapbook materials comprise a mixture of fraternity and sorority memorabilia; newspaper clippings; photographs; and college-related flyers and announcements.

Fraternity and sorority memorabilia include dance cards, announcements, and invitations from such organizations as Zeta Phi Eta, Sigma Alpha Iota, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Alpha Chi Omega. The scrapbook also contains a 1907 pamphlet entitled “Songs of Delta Tau Delta.”

Noteworthy clippings relate to hazing and other rowdy behavior at Northwestern; the death of Wallace's fellow student and fraternity brother Dwight C. Hubbard in 1906; and events such as the junior class play “Follies” in 1906, for which Wallace served as Business Manager.

The photographs depict campus scenes and buildings; football players and games; Northwestern's Life Saving Crew “in action”; fraternity and sorority members; and the interior and exterior of Delta Tau Delta houses at Northwestern and Illinois.

Flyers and announcements of note pertain to rivalry among collegiate classes; and to “Trigs,” Northwestern students' ritual burning of mathematics textbooks.

A Masonic pamphlet (1920) is inserted loose at the very back of the scrapbook, along with two additional posters relating to “Trigs” events.

Dates

  • 1902-1920

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Extent

1.00 Boxes

Abstract

Spanning the period from 1902 to 1920, with the bulk of materials dating between 1903 and 1907, the Ralph C. J. Wallace scrapbook documents the college social lives of Ralph Wallace and (to a lesser extent) Bess Linder Wallace at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. Arranged in their original order (which is not strictly chronological), scrapbook materials comprise a mixture of fraternity and sorority memorabilia; newspaper clippings; photographs; and college-related flyers and announcements.
Fraternity and sorority memorabilia include dance cards, announcements, and invitations from such organizations as Zeta Phi Eta, Sigma Alpha Iota, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Alpha Chi Omega. The scrapbook also contains a 1907 pamphlet entitled“Songs of Delta Tau Delta.”
Noteworthy clippings relate to hazing and other rowdy behavior at Northwestern; the death of Wallace's fellow student and fraternity brother Dwight C. Hubbard in 1906; and events such as the junior class play“Follies” in 1906, for which Wallace served as Business Manager.
The photographs depict campus scenes and buildings; football players and games; Northwestern's Life Saving Crew“in action”; fraternity and sorority members; and the interior and exterior of Delta Tau Delta houses at Northwestern and Illinois.

Method of Acquisition

The Ralph C .J. Wallace scrapbook (Accession 88-120) was transferred to the University Archives from the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections on June 9, 1988. The NU Library Preservation Department restored the scrapbook in 2003.

Related Materials

Alumni biographical files, box 20 (Series 51/2)

Separated Materials

None.

Processing Information

Rae Sikula Bielakowski, September 2003
Title
Guide to the Ralph C. J. Wallace Scrapbook
Author
Rae Sikula Bielakowsk
Date
01/09/2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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