Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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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…

The cover of the 1949 yearbook,The Web, features the Confederate Spider mascot, developed by Student Shop manager Buddy Mayo in 1948. The Confederate Spider wears a Confederate military uniform and hat, and carries a sword.

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…

During the fall semester of 1948, Buddy Mayo, the manager of the Student Shop, announced that the University of Richmond Spider, the "official University emblem," was receiving a new look to coincide with the "new football outlook and as an added…

ThisCollegian article gives a brief history of the University of Richmond spider mascot. It outlines the three competing origin stories for the "unusual mascot that Richmond students have defended since 1894." Originally, the Richmond team had been…

This press release, written by Mike Kamen at Science Research Associates, Inc. (SRA) in Chicago, Illinois was in regards to Walter M. Carpenter's new position at SRA. Carpenter joined SRA as a stafff associate in the Middle Atlantic States after two…

This is a photograph with caption by Bob Perkins of a car crash on campus. A black dining hall worker was driving the car that "skidded out of control," which ultimately landed in a stream right off of new fraternity row. Neither the photo nor the…

This letter by Bonnie Higgins to the editor of The Collegian addressed the integration of black students into University College in 1964. Higgins, a junior at Westhampton College, expressed that the Board of Trustees should be highly praised for…

In this collection of letters published in The Collegian, two discuss the controversy over the University of Richmond’s decision to place a student, Eva Wong, under probation after she defied policy and brought a black guest to the Westhampton…

This letter to the editor, written by Gail Lush, criticized the University of Richmond’s decision to place a student, Eva Wong, on probation after she defied policy and brought a black guest to the Westhampton College Song Contest. Lush was…
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