1940 to 1949
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During World War II, women outnumbered men at Susquehanna five to one. The end of the war and the institution of the G.I. Bill caused a boom in male enrollment that evened out by 1949. This photo shows...
Students; Men; Susquehanna University
From March 1, 1943 through May 1, 1944, the 35th Detachment of the Army Air Corps was stationed at Susquehanna University. During its time here, the corps practiced marching on the University playing fields....
Marching; Songs; Army Air Corps; Susquehanna University
In 1944, the senior class dedicated the Lanthorn yearbook to all of the Susquehanna University students serving their country in World War II.
Dedications; World War, 1939-1945; Susquehanna University
In 1947 Selinsgrove Hall, the oldest building on campus, was damaged by fire and water. At the time the building housed both dormitory rooms and administrative offices. The initial cause of the fire was...
Fires; Dormitories; Selinsgrove Hall; Susquehanna University
Susquehannans Killed in World War II
In its 1947 edition, the Lanthorn dedicated a page in honor of all the members of the Susquehanna family who were killed in World War II.
Dedications; Students; Soldiers; World War, 1939-1945; Susquehanna University
In January 1942, President Smith received a telegram from the War Department that students enlisted in the Reserve Corps would be called to active duty at the end of the first semester term.
Army Air Corps; World War, 1939-1945; Susquehanna University
Accelerated War-Time Program
In January of 1942 presidents and deans of American colleges and universities met on two occasions to discuss the special challenges war posed to higher education. President Smith and Dean Galt attended...
Accelerated program; Susquehanna University
Dining Hall Rules
In the cafeteria, meals were served to students in a sit down, family-style manner. These meals were governed by very particular rules of dress and behavior. This is an example of the meal time rules as...
Dining rooms; Cafeterias; Students; Susquehanna University
In this 1945 Lanthorn page, the sophomore class pondered the changes they faced when they returned to campus after freshman year. Many classmates had left to face the demands of war and this history is...
Students; World War, 1939-1945; Susquehanna University
Jane Malhames, left, and Ruth Garman pick apples from Susquehanna University's apple orchid. Later the apples will become applesauce.
Students; Apple orchards; Mulhames, Jane; Garman, Ruth; Susquehanna University
Life in the dormitory is an integral part of student life. These images are examples of women's dorm rooms in 1945.
Dormitories; Susquehanna University
Horton Dining Hall
Meals were served family-style in the Horton Dining Hall. Students were assigned tables. A host or hostess at each table would lead the group in prayer.
Students; Eating & drinking; Dining tables; Horton Dining Hall; Susquehanna University
On February 10, 1943, Dean Galt sent a letter to those students that had been called to active duty. The letter details the students' choices in place of departure as well as date and times. Dean Galt...
Correspondence; Galt, Russell; Susquehanna University
Passed in 1944, the GI Bill paid the tuition, books and living expenses for four years of study for returning veterans. Many men and women who would not have attended college before the war took advantage...
Veterans; Assistance; GI Bill; Susquehanna University
Seven students pose to display their Susquehanna pride at the football field.
Students; Spectators; Football; Susquehanna University.
Students were hard at work in the library in 1945. The librarian at this time was Audrey North.
Libraries; North, Audrey; Buildings; Susquehanna University
Susquehanna University did its best to help veterans adjust to life after the war. Under the supervision of Dean Galt, a program was instituted to provide guidance and assistance to returning veterans....
Veterans; Assistance; Students; Susquehanna University
Army Aviation Students
Susquehanna University was chosen by the War Department as one of the colleges to provide the Army Air Forces training program. The University hosted the 35th College Training Detachment from March 1943...
Soldiers; Students; Susquehanna University
Air Raid Drill Instructions
Susquehanna University was not isolated from the concerns of World War II. In 1943, the University implemented procedures to be followed in the event of an air raid. Here we see the instructions for a...
Air raid drills; Safety; World War, 1939-1945; Susquehanna University
The 1948 junior class reflected on the many changes that came with war's end. Returning veterans had valuable lessons to teach and made a welcome addition to the classroom. Campus renovations, the "Stagg...
Students; Susquehanna University
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