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George A. Dunlap, Spike's Diary


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George A. Dunlap graduated in the Haverford College Class of 1916. He worked as a clerk at the Pennsylvania Railroad Company after graduation.

Spike's Diary is a memoir written in the third person by George A. Dunlap (Class of 1916). Dunlap himself is "Spike", and recounts his experiences with various staff and faculty members during and after his time at Haverford. He provides background on them and descriptions of them as people and as educators. The staff and faculty members Spike talks about are as follows: Rufus Jones, a Quaker preacher, lecturer, and psychology/philosophy professor; Francis B. Gummere, a popular English professor; Dr. Isaac Sharpless, the president of Haverford at the time; Francis B. Gummere's son, Dr. Richard M. Gummere, who was an Associate Professor of Latin and Dean of the college as well as an alumnus (Class of 1902); James A. Babbitt, M.D., who was the school's physician, Director of Physical education, and Professor of Hygiene; Frederic Palmer Jr., who was also a Dean; Dr. Albert Elmer Hancock, who was Spike's English Professor his freshman year; Victor Oscar Freeburg, who was a new English professor during the 1913-1914 school year; Dr. Edward D. Snyder, who was another one of Spike's English Professor, and who left the college in 1915; Dr. Rayner Wickersham Kelsey, who was a history professor; and Dr. Alexander Guy Holborn Spiers, a language professor, who was also an alumnus of Haverford, graduating with R. M. Gummere in 1902.

A letter was provided from the donor. It states that the donor, George A. Dunlap, sent this copy of Spike's Diary to a Mr. Charles N. Welsh, Jr. on March 27, 1968. Dunlap was an alumnus, Class of 1916, and was told by "Charles Perry of the Development Office" that he should give Welsh a copy of it.

Processed by Rachel McQueen, completed February 2023.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Rachel McQueen
Finding Aid Date
February, 2023
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The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

George A. Dunlap, Spike's Diary, 1916-1968.
Box 1

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