In recognition of the upcoming 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, we are highlighting a recent acquisition of two short sketched vignettes in watercolor documenting University of Oregon student life during and after World War I.
“Over Here: A Striking Scenerio [sic] of Present Day Events,” 1918 (18 pages)
A vignette of a day in the life of a young woman living in Eugene during World War I. The sketches depict a morning routine, Villard Hall, the Rex Theatre.
“When the Boys Came Home: A Scenario in One Act,” 1919 (11 pages)
Depicts the expectations and realities of soldiers returning to campus. Each page contains a perception of those on the home front and the actual scenario of soldier reintegration into civilian life. The sketches include Eugene City Hall, and Obak Amusement Co. (a student favorite for billiards and bowling).
—Lauren Goss, Accessioning and Processing Archivist