Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This 1934 Collegian article discusses the potential for a team name change from 'Spiders' to 'Rebels.' The article attempts to persuade readers that a new name is needed due to the fact that the name is "insignificant" and does not "represent any…

This Collegian article, written in 1929, focuses on a collection of letters, notes, and autographs given to the university library from Dr. J. L. M. Curry and Miss Ella M. Thomas. Dr. Curry was a member of the United States Congress and the…

In this short 1928 Collegian article, Mrs. Sally Harris, widow of A.M. Harris who was a member of the Class of 1876, has given to the library a copy of a picture taken of the Valentine statue of General Robert E. Lee. The photo depicts the group of…

This essay in the 1915 yearbook is written by student Evan Chesterman who is writing about the pride of Richmond ancestry. Chesterman uses metaphors when decribing the abandoned college campus during the Civil War as "a little darkey's kinky head…

This 1907 Messenger essay details the University's history as it is described as a matter of great interest to students and the community. Among the history of the foundation of the college, there is discussion of a "colored" server named Tom who Mr.…

This article highlights an incident in which the Richmond College Junior Class Cabinet was made to stop selling t-shirts featuring the Confederate spider mascot. Director of Administrative Services Louie Love said that the spider dressed in…

This article reports that the University Student Government Association (USGA) was hoping that the majority of University of Richmond students and employees would approve a new version of the spider mascot, who at the time had been wearing a…

This photograph, which accompanied information about various University of Richmond sporting events for the week, is captioned: "Spider Man is latest attraction at UR's home games, courtesy of the art students. Richmond's next home game is a week…

This article describes the debut of a new University of Richmond mascot, which had been absent from sporting event for 20 years according to the article. (In 1948, students in Lambda Chi Alpha constructed a mascot with help from outside manufacturers…

This article describes the creation of a full-size mascot costume modeled after the "new look" Richmond Spider created by Student Shop proprietor Buddy Mayo earlier in the fall 1948 semester.The article describes the new look spider as having "called…
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