It was Parent Weekend in February 2008 when a number of
flyers were posted around campus.
flyers contained a copy of the text on the backside of
a 1954 Pomona College glee club album. The text
described the history of school songs, with one section
casually noting that the song that became the
alma mater was written for a blackface minstrel
Subsequently, the administration created a committee
composed of students, faculty, staff, trustees and
alumni tasked with researching the topic, as well to
make a recommendation to the college president about
what would be done.
This website provides the results of the research.
All documents were found at the Special Collections
room at Honnold Library, or at the Alumni House.
Referenced documents :
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The Anonymous Flyer:
The Letter from Dean Feldblum:
The letter from President Oxtoby: