One of the most important ways that the Archives & Special Collections collects new materials is through donations from students and alumni. Eunice Williams Goldsmith ’51 is an excellent example of this; she donated a significant collection of photographs in 2008 (available on A Sound Past, our digital image repository) that give us a better idea of what her college experience was like.
Williams was an exchange student from Cornwall, England, who came to what was then the College of Puget Sound in the fall of 1947. She graduated in August 1951, with a Bachelor’s of Science in home economics. During her time here, she was very active in campus life, especially athletics. She was a member of Alpha Beta Upsilon, a local sorority that became Delta Delta Delta in 1952, and competed for the Betas (as they were known) in intramural badminton and skiing. In addition, she was involved in the Women’s Athletics Association as a member of the field hockey team. She played left wing and served as both the team manager and team captain during her time at CPS.
On top of being so involved on campus, Williams had some interesting experiences with politics during her time here. In 1948, she and three other students participated in a discussion on whether a two-party system could endure in the United States. The discussion was broadcasted on the radio station KBTI, and covered in The Trail. She was also one of 22 international students to meet Governor Arthur B. Langlie and Secretary of State Earl Coe in Olympia in 1949.
We’re thankful for students and alumni like Eunice Williams who have chosen to donate documentation of their student days to us here at the A&SC. If you have anything that you think could help us document the student experience, please contact us and let us know!
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By Julia Masur