There were two Auburn annuals in 1901, the traditional Glomerata, which was then all of five years old, and this one, The Chrysalis:
But why were there two yearbooks?
The editors of The Chrysalis felt that the independent students were being shut out by the Greeks. Auburn’s seven fraternities comprised only about a third of the student body, but apparently decided in 1900—the first year the annual was introduced not as a product of “the senior class” but of “the Greek letter fraternities”—that because they were organized they could dictate terms.
The Chrysalis complains that each fraternity got a member on the Glomerata’s editorial board, and the non-fraternity students were represented by only one person. This led to the best sentence, and the worst rationale ever, to explain the purpose of something like a yearbook.
“The non-fraternity men demanded equal representation on the Advisory Board, which they should have had, for eight of the eleven players on the Varsity Foot-ball Team belonged to their number …”
The dispute between the fraternities and independents raged. A panel of professors stepped in to arbitrate. Those three professors decided the Glomerata’s editorial board should be more evenly divided. But that didn’t happen.
“(T)his time, as usual, they were offered ONE and told that they did not deserve more – this was not accepted, and it was decided to publish a non-fraternity annual.”
And so there they are, the editors of the non-fraternity book:
You can read the complete argument and rationale for the Chrysalis here and Professor Smith’s full historical account here. That one is lengthy, and probably only of interest to serious Auburn enthusiasts.
And now, the last of the pictures that I scanned from the book. Just because.
Kenny graduated from Auburn at the turn of the century. He worked in newsrooms across the region and then earned a master’s degree at UAB. He met and married a Yankee, who declared her Auburn allegiance at her first home game. She’s now on the faculty at Auburn. He’s finishing his PhD at Alabama and teaches at Samford University. See him online at www.kennysmith.org and @kennysmith.
If you haven’t read his emotional essay on the impact of last season, you should. If you haven’t read his story on Dean Hallmark, a former Auburn student who was captured during the Doolittle Campaign, you should.
* Erotic Auburn Beer Stein
* British Bombshell sports Auburn shirt in Maxim
* Willie Nelson’s Auburn shirt
* Fireworks Fever at Jordan-Hare for 2011
* Nikki Cox, Auburn fan
* Muhammad Al on the Haley Center concourse
* Playboy in Auburn, 1989
* “Buck Fama” graffiti seen in Auburn after “Punt Bama Punt”