Magazine On-line [fall 2008]
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Transy Show and Tell

With a 228-year history that only a handful of colleges and universities in the nation can match, it’s only natural that Transylvania would be the repository of many historic and intriguing items. Transylvania magazine decided to ask the campus community what they might have tucked away in a desk drawer or tossed on a shelf that would reflect something intriguing about the college’s distant and more recent past.

Just for good measure, we also checked with Special Collections librarian B. J. Gooch to see what might be lurking in our archives to add to the eclectic mix of items brought forth by faculty and staff members. A pocket watch given to Transylvania’s first female graduate as a commencement gift and a Transylvania belt buckle were among the finds.

There are well documented stories connected to many of these items. With others, we were fascinated by the item, but had little solid information to go on. Transylvania readers who have the inside story on anything displayed here are encouraged to let us know what you know.

Please respond to Martha Baker, director of publications, at or call the publications office at (859) 233-8146. All photos by Joseph Rey Au.

On the cover
Doing his finest impersonation of a 1960s era science teacher, physics professor Jamie Day exhibits an instructional slide rule that was hung from the top of a blackboard for all the class to see. Pickett, a leading supplier of the day, provided these free to schools purchasing normal slide rules for student use. Mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering students used slide rules extensively.

1970s computer

Surviving the ’70s
Computer science professor Kenny Moorman dates this computer terminal from the late 60s/early 1970s. Like the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, it has no brain of its own—it’s a “dumb” screen and keyboard that drew its programming and memory from a connection to a mainframe computer. This particular model is a Regent 100, made by Applied Digital Data System.

old football program

Football fever
This 1939 football program was for Transylvania’s game on September 22 against the University of Louisville, played in Lexington, won by U of L 25-0. Two years later, the onset of World War II meant the 1941 team was the Pioneers’ last—the sport was never revived at Transy.

development publicationsAll that for $1.5 million
This capital campaign brochure and newsletter supported Transylvania’s $1.5 million 175th Anniversary Campaign, a 1955 fund-raising effort under the leadership of President Frank A. Rose ’42. Rose wrote, “Our college is at the crossroads—what you and I and others do in the 175th Anniversary Campaign will put Transylvania on a road leading to higher achievements for Kentucky and the world…"


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