Historical Collections and Archives (HCA):
The first issue of The Cadaver, a student-produced newspaper, was published in May of 1946. Academic life on the Health Sciences Campus had resumed a normal pace and schedule after the end of World War II. (In July 1942 the school adopted the accelerated program as recommended by the Association of American Medical Colleges which involved starting a new session every nine months instead of twelve months.) This was the first campus publication produced for the purpose of sharing relevant news and information, as well as the opinions of the students.
From that first issue:
For some time it has been the opinion of your editor and various others of the student body that our school needed a news organ to aid us in correlating our opinions and views on matters of importance to our school and to us as students. From time to time, certain matters inevitably arise which need thrashing out in the open, free from the cloak of rumor and ignorance. We sincerely hope that you will aid us to realize this aspiration. We, your staff, feel that in organizing such a medium we have made the way clear for such enlightened information and discussion.
While The Cadaver had a faculty advisor, it was produced by a staff of students, which included editors, writers, illustrators, and business managers. As a student-produced newspaper, some of the content in each issue was satirical. The editorial cartoons were a favorite feature of the readership.
For many years The Cadaver was the only source of timely information on the Health Sciences Campus until the school began publishing a newspaper produced by a professional staff. The Cadaver continued to be produced by the students until 1996 when publication ceased. It is a record of the past and reflects the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. Digital copies of The Cadaver are available to read in Scholarly Commons, the Augusta University’s institutional repository and the finding aid for the collection can be seen here.
– Renée A. Sharrock, Curator
Special Collections & Institutional Archives:
In addition to our books and manuscript collections related to local history and the history of the University, Special Collections & Institutional Archives also has a variety of publications, ranging from newspapers to event programs, to course catalogs. I recently stumbled across our collection of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra season programs, which date back to 1961. One of my favorite parts of these programs are the advertisements. Apart from including bygone products like “diet soup” or “blenderized bread” (whatever that is), they also provide a way to track local Augusta businesses over time and reveal many well-known figures in Augusta’s recent history.
For example, the program for the 1969-1970 season features a “Conductor’s Comment” by Harry Jacobs, the long-time Musical Director of the Orchestra. His name may ring a bell, as the university recently announced that the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society will now be housed within the university’s Department of Music. In addition to serving as the Musical Director for the Augusta Symphony orchestra for many years, Jacobs also designed the Maxwell Theatre on Augusta University’s Summerville campus. Grover C. Maxwell, for whom the theatre was named, can also be found in the 1969-1970 program, as he served as one of the Symphony chairs for that year.
To check out the Augusta Symphony programs, you can view their record in Gil-find (link: https://bit.ly/2II2NfF), or to explore any of our other publications, head up to Special Collections & Institutional Archives, room 314 in Reese Library.
-Kara Flynn, Special Collections Librarian
About the Heritage Unit: The University Libraries has a department devoted to the preservation and archival keeping of the campus’ unique histories. The Historical Collections & Archives (HCA) is located on the 2nd floor of the Greenblatt Library on the Health Sciences campus. Special Collections & Institutional Archives is located on the 3rd floor of the Reese Library on the Summerville campus.