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Cornell in the Twenties

Elms on Central Avenue, "Arch of Heaven", 1933

"A typical Cornellian of Gatsby’s day was generally thought to be a fraternity man who assumed an active role in a campus organization, and played sports... But there have always been—and never so much as during the 1920s—students at Cornell who did not fit the usual model." Read more from Carol Kammen.

The Cornell Graphic was a student publication begun in 1923 and modeled after popular photographic supplements in the Sunday papers. View this complete issue with zoomable images.

See the Cornell Crew Team on "The Rhine", tobogganing on Beebe Lake, a "Booze Raid" in Collegetown and more photos from the 1920s.

Cornell students in the 1920s wrote about their lives as undergraduates in diaries and in letters. They also wrote for Cornell publications and used their experiences as basis for fictional work. The following are a selection from Carol Kammen's book, First-Person Cornell, the Cornell Sun, and other unpublished works.