January 27, 2011 / News

1917 yearbook lets College of Charleston look at past student life

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

1917 College of Charleston yearbook (photo courtesy of postandcourier.com)

1917 College of Charleston yearbook (photo courtesy of postandcourier.com)

Thanks to a donated 1917 yearbook from graduate Margaret Sadler Eigner and her family, the College of Charleston got to take a peek into the student life on campus nearly 100 years ago.

As this article from the Charleston Post and Courier recounts, the school only had one copy of The Maroon and White yearbook from that year and it wasn’t in good condition. But the one donated by Eigner is in wonderful condition.

Among the details revealed by the 1917 yearbook – the college’s campus had only three buildings and no dormitories back then, as well as an all-male student population.

The social clubs apparently liked to have fun, as well, with one example from the yearbook being the Shack Club with its motto: “Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow you might get shot.”

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Marketing Automation Specialist for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 14 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.