There may soon be a “new” old history of the college on the shelves. A bound copy of History of The Western College for Women: First Half Century, written by Sarah Howe, Class of 1865, is missing large amounts of text. The omissions were discovered by Oxford historian Elizabeth Johnson, who found the original manuscript at Patterson Place and began a line-by-line comparison with the intention of preparing a complete copy for publication.
Archivist Jacky Johnson is in the process of editing a book on Freedom Summer ’64, with an emphasis on the role of Western College. It will include essays from several Freedom Summer volunteers who were on campus for the orientation, as well as the address given by Phyllis Hoyt at the 2009 National Freedom Summer Reunion and Conference.