After another session in the archives, I’ve gotten a better feel for the potential topics I can discuss and resources I have at my disposal. I will list off the primary resources I have collected so far:
3 Student made pamphlets called the “The Student.” I have one from 1914, one from 1916, and one from 1919. These three are well spread out, but I wish to acquire the other editions for my use: these were produced monthly, so they’re should be more. I will ask the archivists about this matter tomorrow.
Student Yearbooks from 1913-1919. All of SUU’s yearbooks are digitized on the web.
Iron County Newspapers: the archives have collected hundreds of newspaper papers from the time period, and I have gleamed over them and noted information concerning the renovation of the campus. There should hopefully be more.
1913-1914 and 1916-1917 student catalogs: I would like to acquire the other student catalogs to see if the offered courses have grown in during the time period as the BAC was barely authorized to be a junior college.
Minutes from the Board of Trustees. This will allow me to trace the financial provisions the university received.
I want my website to have a narrative flow to it while also potentially digitizing any primary sources I have. Having a search index where visitors can see the documents for themselves would be cool to have, but an effort like that would take some intensive permissions and coordination from the archivist. I will approach them on the matter though about the possibility as I think it could be beneficial to SUU.
The narrative of the site would be focused on the development on the school. In 1913, BAC was approved to be a Junior College, and so with that comes new challenges of organizing, expanding, and developing the school. Along the way WWI breaks out and I’ve found a list of students who served in that war, so I could devote a page to students who served in that war. Then, during the Influenza epidemic, I could chart how it affected the school year, provided I find such information. I feel like a list of individuals who passed away because of the epidemic would be an appropriate dedication to them. Having a cohesive narrative of the school, divided into years and organized based on noteworthy events in those years, would be splendid. Furthermore, a timeline charting these events alongside national and global events would provide context for these occurrences and connect the story of BAC with that of the world.
This is a rough outline: I’m going to increase the amount of time I’ll spend researching for this in order to prepare for drafting the website. Wish me luck.