Guide to the John Ira Erwin scrapbook, 1915-1916


John Ira Erwin was an undergraduate student at Trinity College from 1912 to 1916. The scrapbook includes autograph pages, photographs, clippings and memorabilia related to Trinity College athletics, arts and the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Collection Details

Record Group
John Ira Erwin scrapbook
Erwin, John Ira.
1.5 Linear Feet, 1 Item
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains photographs, news clippings, event programs and memorabilia relating to Erwin's last years at Trinity College, 1915-1916. Most items are unlabelled.

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Erwin included these items in a 29-page, string-bound patent scrapbook published by the College Memorabilia Company, with the Trinity College seal on the cover. Loose items were placed in envelopes, for preservation.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], John Ira Erwin scrapbook, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Scrapbook, 1915-1916

This scrapbook contains autograph pages, photographs, clippings, and memorabilia from Erwin's extracurricular life at Trinity College from 1915-1916. The major subjects of the photographs are Trinity athletics, Sigma Phi Epsilon, 1916 commencement, campus scenes and other outdoor snapshots of Erwin's acquaintances. One of the pictures is of Trinity's campus in the snow, showing buildings that no longer exist, including the original library. A few other photographs highlight Trinity's baseball field and pole-vaulters. Also included are telegrams, Sigma Phi Epsilon memorabilia, train and athletics tickets, hotel and other business logos. These items are arranged approximately by subject.


Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Originally a resident of Murphy, NC, John Ira Erwin came to Trinity College in 1912. While he was an undergraduate, he belonged to the Sigma Phi Epsilon and the Phi Mu Kappa fraternities, the Weaver College Club, the McDowell County Club, the Mountain Boomer's Club, the Chemistry and Science Clubs, and the Y.M.C.A. He graduated from Trinity College in 1916. He later completed a course in the Aviation School in Atlanta, GA.

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The John Ira Erwin scrapbook was received by the University Archives as a gift in 1979.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, August 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, December 2006

Accession A80-58 is described in this finding aid.