West Gymnasium, now known as Student Union West, is still used to host large functions. Judd Gymnasia was the first building erected on the new land purchased for the YMCA Training School, now Springfield College, along Massasoit Lake in Springfield, Massachusetts. Morrissey and Shea’s Corporation completed construction on the building in September of 1894 and it was formally opened on October 26, 1894. The original gymnasium, known today as East Gymnasium, was where James Naismith taught classes and coached the school’s basketball team however it is not the gymnasium where basketball was invented. In 1910, trustees authorized the addition of a second gymnasium and swimming pool. The new gymnasium, completed in February of 1912, was designed by architect Edward Lippincott Tilton and known as West Gymnasium. Through the years it has undergone several name changes. The gymnasium was known as west gymnasium until 1953, when the trustees voted that it be named “The Judd Gymnasium”. In 1998 the Gymnasium was renamed the Ruth Evans Gymnasium and in 2010, the Gymnasium received its current name as the Student Union West.
A numbered slide collection, with numbers ranging from 46 to 121, representing an incomplete set which was used by Springfield College as a recruitment tool during the 1930s. Included are views of campus buildings, faculty, students engaged in athletic and cultural activities, and provides a general idea of the steps a prospective student would experience when considering and choosing to attend Springfield College.
Slides were taken from "A Cinema of Springfield College" a pamphlet for prospective students published by Springfield College and made available from George Draper, Alumni Secretary.
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