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A transcript is available for download above and to the right. Activate the audio recording in the embedded player below. Two photographs are available at the links below.

This recording is an excerpt from the complete wire recording made March 1949 at a Los Angeles alumni meeting. It was made by Edward K. Waters ’37 and subsequently deposited in the University Archives where it remains today. A copy of the IWU Bulletin, Alumni Issue, recounting the event is also linked below.

The Archives had the recording converted to a digital format by Media Preserves, Summer 2009. Attempts were made by archives staff to verify spelling of names for the transcript but some could not be confirmed. These names and some inaudible words are noted by marking the presumed word in brackets.


Dr. Samuel Van Pelt, Class of 1875, was the oldest living alumni at the time of this recording. He received a BA, MA, and DD from IWU and was a Professor of English and Oratory (1877-80) as well as the Librarian (1877-79); he was also an active member of the Methodist Church. He died in 1953, but a scholarship established in his memory exists today.

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English Language and Literature | United States History

Van Pelt_1895.jpg (1114 kB)
From An Historical Sketch and Alumni Record (p125)

Van Pelt_1949.jpg (3157 kB)
cropped from August 1950 IWU Bulletin, Alumni Issue

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full event description, August 1950 IWU Bulletin, Alumni Issue