Reasearch Underway…

30 Jan

“The Bullet is published semi-monthly during the college year. It’s purpose is to chronicle the chief events of the college life and to create a greater and finer school spirit.” -The Bullet Mission Statement 1930

… and so it begins. I began by searching the microfilm of the available Bullets from the 1930’s. This will be a little bit of a harder task for the 1930’s group because there are only 51 Bullets archived at the University over ten year span. Whether these are the only ones to have survived from the decade or if they were the only published papers remains to be researched.

The articles, advertisements and pictures printed in the Bullet offer us a vast array of research. The hardest part will be to determine which information helps us in our overall mission to “recreate the Mary Washington classroom”. Articles included discuss current events on campus and off, Club Activities, student written stories and poems, student opinion, Advertisements (both from large companies such as Camel cigarettes and local venues), Personal/Society/Gossip, and News of the World. There is also a vast collection of pictures from campus and from around the Nation.

There is some lacking information as well within this one source. Some of the papers that remain have missing sections, (as if cut out for a scrapbook) and then there are holes and tears in some of the surviving papers. There are also various years that have no Bullets contributed to that particular year. For example the materials begin with February 13, 1930 and then moves off into March 10th 1930, April 18th 1930 and then picks up again on November 2, 1931, a year and a half later.  This is just one example of the inconsistencies of the Bullet archived for the 1930’s.

The Bullet will help the group examine some of the gender stereotypes, the technology avalible and fashion of the 1930’s. As the decade moves further on there are shifts in what is published, discussed and photographed for the paper. It will be interesting to see how these shifts reflect feelings of the country. For example there are several articles from the early 1930’s that mention the depression.

I can see that we all have a lot of work to do.




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