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The annals of Santa Clara : college and university, 1851-1951, is a typewritten manuscript by Rverend Henry L. Walsh, S.J. It covers the administrative and social history of Santa Clara College and University from its start in 1851 until 1951.

 

Along with a wealth of facts and details about the workings of the institution, the manuscript also offers many glimpses into life on campus during the various eras of its existence. For instance, from around 1906, this overview of the behavior expected from students:

 

The introduction and use of tobacco in any shape are positively prohibited to the students of the second division, and even to those of the first division, except at the special request of parents or guardians. All sorts of arms, such as guns, pistols, etc., must be placed in charge of the president or first prefect.

Students are forbidden to buy anything from outsiders by the fence. The reading of newspapers and the like in the study-halls and classrooms is positively forbidden. The reading of classical novels, however, is permitted on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Knives exposed in the classroom shall be subject to confiscation.

Students may not stay in the Fathers' garden, nor go to the vineyard, nor to any other place out of the appointed playgrounds. The students of one division must not communicate with those of another. When they go to swim, they must not enter the water without the usual bathing outfit. At the tap of the bell all must leave the water and begin to dress. They are positively forbidden to touch one another while undressed, whether in the water or out of it; and in going to the place of swimming or returning thence, they must walk in ranks.

When the bell rings for the end of recreation, the students must repair to the place assigned, to form ranks and proceed in silence and good order to their respective duties and places. Talking is forbidden in the washroom. No one shall rise before the appointed time, without permission from the prefect. Should anyone feel indisposed, he must not remain in the dormitory', but apply for admission to the infirmary.

Silence, even in time of recreation, must be strictly kept in the bathrooms...Causes for dismissal would be: Introducing into college ardent spirits, entering grog shops, intoxication, and other moral deficiencies. Day-scholars are forbidden to carry any messages, letters or parcels to or from the boarders, and under pain of instant expulsion, they must not introduce any kind of Intoxicating beverage...

- pt. 1 page 347 (approx. 1906)

 

The physical manuscript is in two volumes, and is segmented into three parts.

 
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