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  • Blackball box, Delta Kappa Epsilon
    A blackball box used when voting on fraternity pledges. White marbles were a “yes” vote and the black marbles were a “no” vote. A single, anonymously delivered blackball was enough to turn down a pledge.
  • The Fraternity-Values and Disvalues, Dartmouth Christian Union
    In this editorial-style commentary on the positive and negatives of fraternity culture, the use of the blackball box as a method of censuring potential pledges and its role in racially discriminatory practices and exclusivity is listed as a “disvalue.”
  • Ernest Martin Hopkins to Charles Bancroft, March 26, 1921
    In the 1920s several events occurred that led the then President of the College, Ernest Martin Hopkins, to worry about the influence on the “mental hygiene” of men playing women’s roles. In other words, he was afraid that it was encouraging them to become gay. In this letter Hopkins writes to consulting psychiatrist, Charles Bancroft to express his concerns about what he clearly sees as a disease that is spreading among the student body. While this letter is highly disturbing in many ways, it is an exemplar of the stigma that gay students faced in this time period, and often still do.
  • Hunting for Hawkins
    In the 19th and early-20th century it was common for men to play the parts of women in Dartmouth plays. These roles were coveted and those who convincingly played women’s parts were celebrated.
  • Opulent Student Room
    An example of a more opulent room in an unidentified dormitory in the 1890s.
  • The Aegis
    Foley house not only “sunk” women before Dartmouth went co-ed, they also asserted their independence from what they saw as a doomed Greek system. Foley House is now part of the College’s affinity housing system.
  • Dorm Room circa 1985
  • Dorm Room of Gail Borden, Class of 1926 (heir to Borden Condensed Milk)
    Students could customize their rooms. This room in Mass Hall was featured in House Beautiful.
  • Dorm Room circa 1912
  • Dorm Room circa 1890
  • Sketch of College Hall by William Dewey
    College Hall was the first College building and stood close to the southeastern corner of the Green.
  • Deed of Sale for Exeter, Chloe and Hercules, Anne Morrison to Eleazar Wheelock
    This document details the sale of Exeter, Chloe and Hercules to Eleazar Wheelock in 1762. It is accompanied by a memorandum that is essentially a warranty that, should Chloe be troubled by “rheumatic difficulty,” Anne Morrison will refund Wheelock five pounds.