Alumni Center showcase: 1960s

The 1960s case at the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center shows some of the changes that campus — and society — experienced. A large photo shows the dramatic aftermath of the Bradley Hall fire the night of January 12, 1963. Later that year, administrators moved into the new Swords Hall. The size of the library almost doubled in 1966, thanks to a $1 million gift from Dr. Shelby Cullom Davis. With a $2.6 million gift from the Olin Foundation, Olin Hall was constructed next to Swords Hall and the library; the science building opened in 1968. Harper Hall, a new men’s dormitory, welcomed students the following year. A pin from the Student Center’s bowling alley sits in the case, along with the silver bowl won by Bradley’s undefeated GE College Bowl team in 1969, an Anaga yearbook, and punch cards from class registration. Basketball enjoyed successful seasons in the ’60s with five NIT appearances, including championships in 1960 and 1964. Pictures of Ray Charles and Johnny Mathis, The Four Freshmen, and Louis Armstrong commemorate just a few of the concerts at Robertson Memorial Field House.