By Lisa Laughy - Library Web Services / Archives Assistant February 16th, 2012
A new online exhibit, “The T. Mitchell Hastings Album of 1890”, is now in place in the display cases on the upper level of Ohrstrom Library. The online version of the exhibit is accessible through the Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives website by clicking HERE. A free downloadable eBook of the entire album is also available online, formatted for reading on the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone using the iBooks application – click HERE to access this and other OLDA eBooks.
This multi-formatted exhibit is based on a personal photo album that was donated to the St. Paul’s School archives some years ago. The album is inscribed with the title “Views Taken at St. Paul’s School, Concord, N. H. 1890 by Theodore Mitchell Hastings”and contains 120 round photographs mounted onto 15 album pages. The photographer, T. Mitchell Hastings, Form of 1894, was a Fourth Former in the winter of 1890 when most of these photographs were taken.
This album provides a unique view of student life at St. Paul’s School in 1890. The scenes captured by T. Mitchell Hastings are of his friends, family, and teachers, of buildings on the grounds, and of points of interest here in Concord and at his home in Philadelphia. Collectively they provide a depth of visual information about life at St. Paul’s than isn’t typically found in the pages of the written histories of the School. The result is a delightful collection of images that provides a very personal perspective of student life during the early years of St. Paul’s School.
Take a few minutes to view the online exhibit, and be sure to stop by the display case in the upper level lobby the next time you are in Ohrstrom Library.