This fall, researchers can visit the Lafayette Digital Repository and explore two collections from Special Collections & College Archives.

General Eisenhower at Lafayette: Founders’ Day, 1946

General of the Army Eisenhower pauses for a minute as he emerges from Kirby Hall, after his meeting with the college's Board of Trustees. Left to right are the Hon. William H. Kirpatrick; Mr. F.J. Waltzinger, Dr. Hutchinson; General of the Army Eisenhower, Mr. T. F. Soles, Mr. Thos. J. Watson, Mr. Thomas W. Pomeroy and Mr. Francis G McKelvy.

Eisenhower outside of Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, Nov. 1, 1946

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, then Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, was invited to address the College during Founders’ Day celebrations on November 1, 1946. He was also a guest of honor at the Easton Alumni Association’s dinner at the Hotel Easton. This visit was documented in a photograph album containing 31 images from the day’s events and presented to Lafayette College by Trustee Thomas J. Watson. In addition to Eisenhower, the collection features photos of Lafayette College Trustee Allan P. Kirby and President Ralph Cooper Hutchison.

Audio recordings of the day’s events, including Eisenhower’s speeches, are also preserved in Special Collections & College Archives. For more information, contact

The Marquis: A Lafayette Student Literary Magazine, 1947-2022

The Marquis, 1964

The Marquis literary magazine is now available electronically as a collection in the Lafayette Digital Repository. Debuting in 1947, the student editors of newly launched Marquis hoped to combine the best of two earlier student magazines, The Touchstone and The Lyre, which both ceased publication during World War II. 

The 138 digitized issues of The Marquis document the history of student creative writing at Lafayette College through poetry, prose, and humor pieces from the post-WWII era to recent years and offer snapshots of student life and perspectives over the last 75 years on College Hill.

This 1967 issue includes interviews with American literary giants Carson McCullers and Edward Albee.

Never fear – although defunct, The Touchstone and The Lyre remain preserved in hard copy in Special Collections & College Archives. Contact to schedule a visit and browse these student publications, as well as our physical copy of The Marquis.