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Millikin University > Alumni & Friends > Stay Connected > Millikin Quarterly > Posts > For Maude Haake, scrapbooking was a piece of cake.

The largest photograph of Haake has been hand-tinted to give her rosy cheeks.

The scrapbook of Maude Haake (later Joy) ’25, a home economics major from Fillmore, Ill., now housed in the university archives’ collection, illustrates how a personal hobby can create a valuable historical artifact for future generations.

Haake's 1921-22 Athletic Association card.

Full of photographs of Haake and her friends around campus and in their Aston Hall dormitory rooms, the scrapbook is an especially rich treasure trove of what archivists call ephemera — items that were originally intended to exist only for a short time before being thrown into a trashcan. Haake, however, considered these ephemeral items to be important souvenirs of her time at Millikin.

Carefully glued and pinned to her scrapbook’s pages are tickets and programs from church services, theatrical, sporting, and musical events; bridge scorecards; greeting cards; homecoming buttons and stamps; invitations to dances, parties, luncheons, and teas; course schedules; dance cards; and receipts.

A photograph of students swimming in Lake Decatur, which was new at the time Haake was a student.

She also included letters from friends in their original, stamped envelopes, a lock of hair, telegrams, dried flowers, newspaper clippings, the pledge of allegiance (handwritten on a scrap of paper), and a stained, lumpy envelope simply labeled “wedding cake.”

Though her book has become unbound with age, most of the items have survived remarkably well considering the lack of archival quality scrapbooking supplies during the early 20th century.

See photos of more items by downloading the pdf of the whole issue. You can download a version without Class Notes, or log in to myMillikin to view the entire issue.



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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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