Q. How can I learn about historic student life at Bridgewater College?
The Bridgewater College Eagle student handbooks are available by appointment in Special Collections. They list rules, clubs, and traditions.
Other good glimpses of campus life are the student newspapers available in Special Collections by appointment and the academic catalogs available by appointment or found here: https://digitalcommons.bridgewater.edu/college_catalog
You might also listen to some oral histories of students’ experiences: https://digitalcommons.bridgewater.edu/intergen_communications/
Other places to look include:
- Ripples yearbook (1922- 2016) https://digitalcommons.bridgewater.edu/college_yearbooks/
- Dr. Francis Wayland’s Bridgewater College history book, Bridgewater College: The First Hundred Years: 1880 – 1980 is digitized and available here. https://digitalcommons.bridgewater.edu/first_hundred_years/1/
- An earlier history book about Bridgewater College was edited by Dr. John W. Wayland. Bridgewater College: Its Past and Present. A Tribute of the Alumni was published in 1905. It is available here: https://archive.org/details/bridgewatercolle00wayl
- Finally, there are books, manuscripts, photograph albums, and scrapbooks of Bridgewater College history available in Special Collections by appointment.