Hollins College

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In 2019 photos surfaced from yearbooks at a number of colleges and universities across Virginia and elsewhere showing students made up in “blackface.” In an effort to understand what might have occurred in our past, Hollins University undertook its own internal research. We found images of some of our former students in blackface and similar makeup published in past editions of The Spinster, along with racially insensitive cartoon drawings and other materials. Hollins has no intention of erasing or hiding from our institutional history. It is from this commitment to acknowledging and learning from painful, uncomfortable, and repugnant moments that we make all archival materials available. Images contained in digital archival content and original copies of University records include instances of blackface, depictions of racial or cultural appropriation, and other offensive images that are not condoned by the University. Hollins is engaged in and continuing the direct, collaborative, transparent, and on-going process of reconciliation and education, in coordination with faculty, staff, students, alumnae/i, and administrators. As part of that work, Hollins encourages you to visit to learn more about the history of blackface and its impact.



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Yearbook of Hollins College (later University)

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Hollins College


Roanoke, Va.


yearbooks, annuals, women's colleges, women's universities, Hollins history, female education, women's education, student organizations, college students, faculty, 1960s, 1969, Nineteen sixty-nine, Nineteen sixties


Higher Education | Social History | United States History | Women's History


This copy of The Spinster was withdrawn temporarily April 2, 2019, at the request of the university president.

This copy of The Spinster was re-posted April 9, 2019.

The Spinster was published 1898-2013, 2016

The Spinster (1969)