Denison: the Story of an Ohio College

Denison: the Story of an Ohio College

Denison: the Story of an Ohio College

Denison: the Story of an Ohio College

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In the introduction to this study's companion volume, Granville: The Story of an Ohio Village, Professor William T. Utter states that Granville is the central "character" of his book. "People come and go," he has observed, "but the village remains, a bit of New England transplanted."

The same might be said of this history of one hundred and twenty-five years at Denison. Presidents, trustees, professors, students -- they are all here. But they must take their places within the larger story of the life of the college. That story has many aspects -- financial and administrative, intellectual and spiritual, social and cultural. It is upon these that the work concentrates.

Of college histories generally one critic asserted in 1952 that "they still abound in trivialities, lack sufficient and suitable documentation, understress educational features, and try too hard to establish institutional antiquity." This one, I would hope, does not err too seriously in these regards. From a scholarly viewpoint the omission of footnotes is regrettable, yet wherever necessary the sources are identified in the text. And the bibliographical essay, though not as full as might be desired, at least indicates the nature and extent of the research.

Since this is an "authorized" or "official" history, it may raise other . . .

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