Milligan Archives intern mounts “Pep Rally in a Box!” exhibit

Written by Lindsay Kenderes. Photos by Gary Daught.


James Blake Stanley, Milligan Class of ‘18, worked on several interesting projects while completing an Archive Internship at The Holloway Archives at Milligan College during the 2017 spring semester. As a history major, Blake pursued the opportunity to learn how researchers search and discover historical materials representative of Milligan’s history in the Milligan archives. With an interest in Church History, he spent time processing the James DeForest Murch papers, which is a collection of research materials and publications representative of Dr. James D. Murch’s activities as a supporter of the Stone-Campbell Movement, particularly in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This collection represents Murch’s research interests, publications and his work as managing editor for several journal publications, including Christianity Today, Lookout, Restoration Herald, Christian Standard, and the Christian Evangelist Quarterly. As Archive Intern, Blake arranged and organized the contents of this collection and re-edited the James Deforest Murch papers finding aid, making this collection discoverable online through MCStor, Milligan College’s Digital Repository.

Archive Interns also have an opportunity to curate an archival exhibit, which is displayed in the exhibit cases located on the main floor of the P. H. Welshimer Memorial Library. This spring’s exhibit was titled “Pep Rally in a Box!,” showcasing Milligan’s athletic history prior to 1950. Blake researched and gathered documents, photographs and yearbooks, including a 1910 photograph of the women’s basketball team, a 1935 photograph of the track team, and a basketball ticket dated December 7, 1946, from the Tennessee vs. Milligan game in Knoxville. Also included in the exhibit are orange and black pennants and letters for baseball and track. The “Pep Rally in a Box!” exhibit will be on display through June 30, 2017.



Before arriving at Milligan, Blake spent four years in the United States Marine Corp as an infantry rifleman in Jacksonville, NC. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History. After graduation, he plans to pursue graduate studies in history.

Milligan’s Archive Internship opportunity

Each fall semester, students are invited to apply for one volunteer Archive Internship opportunity at The Holloway Archives at Milligan College. The internship begins the following spring semester. All majors are welcome to apply. Please stay tuned for announcements coming this fall.

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Archives named in recognition of longtime Milligan Library and Archives supporter

The Milligan College Archives and Archivist Lindsay Kenderes was kept very busy providing material support, research consultation, and mounting not one but three exhibits across campus leading up to this year’s very special Homecoming celebration on October 21-22, 2016 of Milligan’s 150th Anniversary. In the midst of this flurry of activity, the Archives got a name–The Holloway Archives–in honor and recognition of longtime Milligan Library and Archives supporter, Clinton J. (1995) and Adele Adinolfi (1996) Holloway.

Archivist Lindsay Kenderes with Clinton Holloway (1995)

Clint reflected on the role the Library and Archives played on his decision to come to Milligan: “As a prospective student I remember going through the library on my campus tour and I saw a clipping from the Johnson City Press pinned to the bulletin board talking about Joe McCormick and Professor Lone Sisk and their long tenures at Milligan. This is the first I can remember becoming intrigued about the heritage of Milligan College.”

It was perhaps only natural then, that as a student Clint should work in the Library and Archives. “As a freshman I sought out Librarian Billie Oakes, who founded the Archives in 1981, and I ask her for a work-study job in the archives. I kept that job through the rest of my student days at Milligan. Actually, during my senior year in 1994-95 while Ms. Oakes took a sabbatical to work on her PhD, the College made me a part-time staff person as Archives and Special Collections Supervisor.”

Clint’s wife Adele was influenced to come to Milligan by an alumna whose grandparents had attended Milligan before the First World War. “So even though she came to Milligan sight unseen, her roots at Milligan are actually a little deeper than mine!” Clint and Adele were married by former Milligan College President, Dr. Marshall J. Leggett.

Plaque recognizes the support of Clint (1995) and Adele (1996) Holloway and the naming of the Milligan Archives, now The Holloway Archives

After graduating from Milligan, Clint attended Emmanuel Christian Seminary. He graduated in 1998 with a Master of Arts in Religion, majoring in Church History. Not surprisingly, he wrote his thesis on the history of Milligan College. In 2014, Clint authored a book on Robert Milligan, and last year he co-authored with Lee (Fierbaugh) Harrison, Scholarship, Community, Faith: Milligan Celebrates 150 Years.

Clint and Adele have served on the Milligan College Board of Advisors and the Alumni Leadership Council. In December 2016 Clint will complete nine years as president of the Alumni Leadership Council. They currently live in Nashville, proud parents of two sons, John Campbell and Jin. “We are very proud of our alma mater. Many of our most treasured friendships were made while we were students–friendships that have remained strong for 25 years.”

Responding to news of the naming of The Holloway Archives, Director of Libraries Gary Daught said, “Clint has been intimately involved in the life and development of the Milligan Archives from his earliest days as a student all the way to the present. As a frequent user of the Archives, Clint has enriched our understanding and appreciation of the history of Milligan College. This naming recognition is perhaps as natural as it is apropos, especially in this 150th year. Thank you Clint and Adele for your support of Milligan College.”

Treasures from Milligan Archives exhibits enrich 150th celebration

Archivist Lindsay Kenderes has curated three exhibits showcasing treasures of photographs, documents, and artifacts from the Milligan College Archives to coincide with the school’s 150th Anniversary celebration. The exhibits are on display in various locations across campus to be viewed during this weekend’s Homecoming festivities and continuing through the end of the semester:

  • “Christian Education, the Hope of the World: An Early History of Milligan College” is located at the back of the main floor of the P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library
  • “Where the Buffs Roam: Milligan’s Campus Through 150 Years” can be seen in the main lobby of Derthick Hall
  • “Celebrating 150 years of Milligan History and Memory” is located in the main lobby of the Gregory Center (exhibit on display during Homecoming week only, coinciding with the performance of the play, Forward With Faith: The Milligan Story)

Christian Education, the Hope of the World: An Early History of Milligan College

The Milligan College Archives holds several original and copied documents related to the founding of the institution, first called the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, in 1866. An original subscription list, dated 1867, names 79 donors contributing funds for the school building. Kenderes notes that the oldest document in the Archives’ possession is a 1782 land grant given to Edmund Williams from the state of North Carolina. Williams’ grandson, Joshua donated the first acre of land upon which the original school was built. Selected digitized documents and photos from this exhibit are viewable online here on the Milligan College Archives’ digital repository, MCStor.



This Robert Milligan brooch is on loan to the Milligan College Archives for the Sesquicentennial Celebration. Provided by Rebecca Coleman Ray, the great-great-great granddaughter of Robert Milligan, Milligan’s namesake. Robert Milligan used this text to learn shorthand. Written inside is “Robert Milligan commenced the study of stenography, Feb. 1845” followed by shorthand characters, the year and the handwritten name “Robert.” Underneath Robert’s name is a stamped “A. R. Milligan.”

Where the Buffs Roam: Milligan’s Campus Through 150 Years

This is a photo exhibit of student life and campus scenes through the College’s history. Kenderes comments, “I selected photos that reveal how student life and campus outdoor scenes have both changed and have endured throughout the years.” Particularly striking are the May Day celebrations from the 1950s, and photos of students beside Buffalo Creek. This exhibit is also viewable online here on the Milligan College Archives’ digital repository, MCStor.



Celebrating 150 years of Milligan History and Memory

Photos for this exhibit were selected to highlight scenes from the play, Forward With Faith: The Milligan Story, which was written and directed by retired Milligan professor Rosemarie Shields, and performed during Homecoming week. Photos from this exhibit are also viewable online here on the Milligan College Archives’ digital repository, MCStor.


Archivist Lindsay Kenderes with Professor Rosemarie Shields

Who is that on Sarah Hopwood’s shoulder?

Milligan College’s Student Clubs and Traditions

Written by Katherine Siebenaler, Senior ’15, Archive Intern

The snow is melting and spring is in the air! And with spring coming, that means Wonderful Wednesday is coming. But did you know that Wonderful Wednesday used to include discussion panels and races up and down Sutton Hill? Or did you know that TWIRP Week rules used to require that every girl have one date per day?

This Archives exhibit in the Library highlights a few of the near-100 student organizations on campus through the years, as well as a handful of the traditions Milligan students have enjoyed and still continue to enjoy, such as TWIRP Week and Wonderful Wednesday. Located on the first floor, the exhibit includes the orange and black beanies known as “dinks” that Milligan freshman used to wear and the “M” Club roster from the late 1940s that lists Milligan celebrity Coach Walker’s name. Continue reading

Remembering Omer Hamlin, Jr., Milligan’s first Head Librarian, 1930-2014

Omer Hamlin, Jr.
July 16, 1930 – December 25, 2014

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The Library remembers Omer Hamlin, Jr., who passed away on Christmas Day, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. Omer was born on July 16, 1930 in Tollesboro, Kentucky. He was a Milligan College alumnus (1956), President of the Milligan College Student Council 1955-56, and later Milligan College Trustee and Trustee Emeritus.

But the Library especially remembers Omer as our first Head Librarian, from 1959-62. He earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Kentucky and was hired at Milligan College on September 1, 1959. He oversaw the move into and early management of the new P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library. During his tenure, Milligan College received a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Steel Foundation and another grant of $2,000 from the Babcock Foundation of Winston-Salem, NC. These monies were earmarked by the College administration and trustees for the purchase of new books for the Library, toward the goal of increasing holdings from 25,800 to 50,000 books.

At the Service of Dedication of the P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library building on November 24, 1961, Omer had the honor of formally opening the doors for the symbolic entry of the books from the liberal arts disciplines (carried by various faculty members)–Bible, Science, Government, Fine Arts, and Literature–to find their places on the new shelves for current and future use by students and faculty.