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St. Edward’s University Archives - Campus Life (1941-2)

St. Edward’s University

Silent | 1941

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  •  Praying outside 
  •  Rose bushes and other flowers growing near the Main Building 
  •  School officials walking around campus 
  •  Children holding bouquets 
  •  Students petting a dog 
  •  Lively discussions at the dinner table 
  •  After-dinner music 
  •  Practicing his roping with a lasso 
  •  Students and faculty playing baseball together 
  •  A skeleton, smoking a cigarette 
  •  Small airplane landing and taking off 
  •  ROTC drill 
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This 1940s home movie captures St. Edward’s University students and faculty doing various activities around the Austin campus, from enjoying a banquet dinner together to dancing with live music from a country band. A humorous scene with a skeleton casually smoking a cigarette is given context when the camera reveals students in class, studying the bones of the human body. Students and faculty later play an informal game of baseball together, with a crowd of spectators in attendance.
St. Edward’s University is a private Roman Catholic institution of higher learning located in Austin, Texas. It was established in 1877 by the Reverend Edward Sorin, CSC, Superior General of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. Sorin also founded the University of Notre Dame. The campus moved to its current location in 1889. Famed Galveston architect Nicholas Clayton built the university’s Main Building, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. St. Edward’s received its university charter in 1925, and became co-educational in 1970. Today, the university’s enrollment exceeds 5,000 students rom 44 states and 51 countries.