Rendering printed texts generally, and photographic images in particular, into a digital form provides wide access to all sorts of wonderful things. Colleges and universities, including my employer, undertake these projects with institutional publications like yearbooks, campus programs and other documents. Not only are these ventures a service to the alumni, they are a great boon to genealogists.
One example is how I know that my grandfather spent some time in the late 1920’s at Harding College, then in Morrilton, Arkansas. Graduating high school a year early, he then spent two years at Christian Normal Institute in Grayson, Kentucky and completed what would be today an associates’ degree in 1928. I know he took courses at Harding and at Cedarville College in Ohio. By the early 1930’s he was teaching high school science and coaching basketball in Vinton, Ohio. Later he would pursue graduate study at The Ohio State University, National College of Audiometry and others. But Harding intrigued me, and seeking to learn more, I discovered that Brackett Library at Harding University has scanned many bulletins and yearbooks, plus oral histories and more, dating back to the early days in Morrilton.
I find in the 1929 Petit Jean that McGarvey C. Ice took more than a few courses at Harding. It appears that he graduated with a B.A. in Science in 1929.
Look for him here, fourth row, center:
If a Harding yearbook was among his effects I do not recall seeing it, and thought that he only took a few courses at Harding one summer. Seeing these, though, it appears to me that he spent more time at Harding than I previously knew. A new discovery opens more doors, raises more questions, suggests new avenues and horizons.