Annie Gordon Floyd was from Abanda, Alabama. She started at Elon College in the 1915-1916 school year and is listed in the Bulletin of Elon College as a student in the Special Department of Expression. It appears she had to leave Elon on February 14, 1916 due to the illness of her mother. She is not listed in the 1916-1917 Bulletin of Elon College roster of students, but she reappears in the 1917-1918 roster and is listed as a junior in the 1918-1919 roster. Her sister, Mrs. Thyra Swint, was the matron of the Young Men’s Club at Elon College, and the sisters resided there together. This scrapbook contains photos of the buildings on campus which include: the Old Main Administration Building, West Dormitory, East Dormitory, the Power Plant, Alumni Building (also known as North Dorm), Ladies’ Hall, and the Young Men’s Club House. The scrapbook also includes photos of African-American female servants, who were housed in the annex of West Dormitory, as well as the first Japanese student on campus, Toshio Sato. The three Literary Societies (Philologian, Clio, and Psiphelian) appear several times, including in photos and programs for each of their annual public entertainment nights. Other student life photos and programs are represented in the scrapbook which include: Freshman-Sophomore Debate, Pi Kappa Tau, Christian Endeavor Society Cabinet, Student Volunteers For the Foreign Mission Field, Y.W.C.A. Cabinet, Y.M.C.A. Cabinet, the Student Ministerial Band, Home Economics, women’s tennis, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, men’s track, the Glee-Clubbers, the College Band, students in dormitories, the Program of Public Worship, and Dr. Martyn Summerbell Lectures. Newspaper clippings that were collected about the following individuals are included: Dr. William A. Harper, President of Elon College from 1911-1931; Bessie Urquhart, Dean of Women; James Oscar Atkinson, College Pastor; T.C. Amick, Professor of Mathematics; and Rev. W.C. Wicker, Professor of Education. In addition to information about Elon, invitations to commencement exercises at the following institutions are included: Chambers High School, The Richland High School, Birmingham College, Howard College, Roanoke Normal College, The Birmingham Medical College, and the University of Alabama. Annie Gordon Floyd contracted the Spanish influenza when it spread across campus in 1918 and died at the Young Men’s Club house in September of 1918 as a result. Although over 300 students contracted the flu, only a handful of students died. Elon was the first college in North Carolina to begin school that year, which meant that they were the first campus to have a breakout of the flu. This led President Harper to remark, “We did not know what it was, until we were all sick,” but it also meant that many nurses were readily available to take care of students. Healthy students also worked to take care of the sick in makeshift infirmaries across campus. A sympathy letter to Annie’s mother after Annie’s death can be found on page 59 of the scrapbook. It is unclear who finished the scrapbook, though it seems that Annie began it as she is pictured holding it in photos on page 18 of the scrapbook.





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