We were saddened to learn of the passing today of Pat Malone, S.J. As pastor of St. John’s Church here on campus, Fr. Pat helped the University Archives several times. He figured prominently in our efforts to find proper homes for religious relics that had been in our holdings. He will be missed by many. Rest in peace, Fr. Pat.
Fr. Pat helped relocate this relic of St. Mary Magdalene to a parish here in Omaha. Today is the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene.
This week’s offering: A couple of favorite images showing dorm life in the late 1950s. (For you younger readers, we used to call residence halls “dorms.”) Both were taken at Deglman Hall. I would guess at least one was staged – unless watching someone iron was considered fun back then.
We would be glad to know the names of the young gentlemen in these two photos. Let us know if you recognize anyone.
The distinctive attire of women religious was a common sight at Creighton for decades of summers. In 1913, Creighton started a Summer School largely to provide teacher training for nuns who taught in parish schools. Sisters from several orders came to campus to take courses that would help them when they returned to their own classrooms in the fall.
This pair participated in a Physics Institute in 1965.
It was common to gather for formal and informal group photos while on campus.
This 1922 photograph was taken just north of the main campus building (which we now call Creighton Hall), with the photographer likely positioned on the observatory platform.
This small group posed outside of Gallagher Hall in 1962.
The women let a priest (near the back) join in this 1966 photograph.
Leave a comment to share your memories of seeing – or being – a nun participating in one of the summer programs at Creighton.
Last month,our D-Day post praised Andrew Jackson Higgins, a former Creighton high school student. This week we celebrate Mary Higgins, CCAS ’73, who made an even greater mark on the University during her thirty-nine years here at Creighton.
Here is a photo of Mary from the 1980s, during her seventeen-year tenure as head coach of the “Lady Jays” softball team. During this time she earned a unique spot in the NCAA record books for coaching in two of the three longest games in NCAA history: 31- and 25-inning games on consecutive days! During her time on the hilltop, she also served as an administrator, assistant athletic director, and an academic adviser to countless Creighton students.
This week, Mary embarks on a new adventure as president of Omaha’s Marian High School. We congratulate Marian High School on their great choice. Best of luck, Mary!
As you know, today is the fiftieth anniversary of President Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act, a landmark piece of legislation that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Our hometown of Omaha has a fascinating, though checkered, history when it comes to race relations. One of the leaders in the fight against racism was the Omaha De Porres Club, led by Denny Holland and Fr. John Markoe, S.J., about whom we produced a digital exhibit in 2012.
We are pleased to announce that Matt Holland, a friend of the University Archives and the son of Denny Holland, has written and published a book entitled Ahead of Their Time: The Story of the Omaha De Porres Club. You may remember that Matt Holland gave last year’s Archives Lecture about the Club.
Check out the book on Amazon here. Congratulations, Matt! We can’t wait to read it.
For those interested in learning more about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the National Archives has a terrific blog post today with photographs, links, and other materials for your perusal.
Every so often, I come across photos or mentions of Austin Miller, SJ.
Father Miller’s years at Creighton included stints as Dean of Men, head of the Creighton Institute of Industrial Relations (also called Institute of Labor Relations), director of the School of Adult Education, and founder of the Institute of Social Order. He also is the focus of several intriguing photos in our collections.
This 1951 model shows him with a model of an ear that he used to teach a class for parents of deaf children.
I’m not sure where or when this photo was taken, but Father Miller (in long sleeves) apparently had some connection with ROTC.
Here he is performing his priestly duties in the pulpit at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral in Omaha.
Please leave a comment to share your personal memories of Father Miller.
If you wondered last Friday where our blog entry was (and I’m going to delude myself that people noticed that there was no entry last week), here it is a few days late. I was on vacation in our nation’s capital, and I took some good archives-related photos to share with the readers of Creighton’s Attic.
The National Archives
A great quote on the statue at the base of the National Archives steps.
While I was in DC, I did some research in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, which houses outstanding collections of manuscripts and personal papers from presidents and other prominent individuals. The Manuscript Division reading room is located in the Library’s Madison Building.
Statue of James Madison in the Madison Building
A great quote by James Madison
As a bonus, I will throw in a photo of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building. The Jefferson Building’s Main Reading Room (which I didn’t visit this time) is one of my favorite places in the country.
Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress
This photo, which those of you who follow us on Twitter (@CreightonArchiv) may recognize, was taken in 1914. The patriotic event shown is either Decoration Day (the former name of Memorial Day) or Flag Day. We do know that the flagpole, seen here holding the Stars and Stripes, was a gift to Creighton from the Creighton High School Class of 1914. After the high school moved in 1958 to Creighton Prep’s current location at 72nd & Western Ave., the flagpole moved, too.
It now sits on the edge of the new Dennis P. Circo Memorial Plaza (featured last month). I’d say that the century-old flagpole still looks pretty good. Happy 100th!
Quick update to our June 2nd entry: Creighton Prep has put some photos of the dedication ceremony on Flickr. Mr. Jim Hughes (Creighton Prep ’51) gets the credit for taking these great images.
Today we remember of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy. We honor the men who bravely risked and (in too many cases) sacrificed their lives that day.
The invasion would not have been possible without the contributions of boatbuilder Andrew Jackson Higgins, who was a high school student at Creighton from 1900 to 1903. Higgins went on to found Higgins Industries to build shallow-draft boats. During World War II, his company designed and produced landing craft used for amphibious invasions, and the Allies used them a lot. One of the boats, officially known as a Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP), was commonly called the “Higgins boat.” General Eisenhower’s words from a 1964 interview give you an idea of how important Andrew Higgins was to the war effort: “Andrew Higgins … is the man who won the war for us. … If Higgins had not designed and built those LCVPs, we never could have landed over an open beach. The whole strategy of the war would have been different.”
Although Higgins never attended college, Creighton University did award him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1943. The commencement program described Higgins as “a naval architect and inventory, a master of industry and mass production of ships to save democracy.”
Now some photos of the Higgins boat at Normandy on June 6, 1944 (courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command website):
Approaching Omaha beach
Coming ashore, Omaha beach
(Yes, this famous photo was taken from a Higgins boat.)
Disembarking from two LCVPs
The USS Bayfield lowers LCVPs for the assault on Utah Beach.
Let me also suggest visiting the National World War II Museum website for other great photographs, videos and information.