Fred Flashbacks #1

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a student at Fredonia 25 years ago? 50 years ago? How about 118 years ago?

This past Tuesday I dove into Fredonia’s archives, hidden away in the corner of Reed Library. I came across a shelf holding every issue of The Leader since its beginning in 1899.

Let’s take a look and see what was happening this week in Fredonia, 25 years ago:



Sunny’s hosted the official “100 Days ’til Graduation” celebration.

I wasn’t surprised to see this ad, as this year’s 100 Days celebration is today at Old Main.


BJ’s had three advertisements, all within the same issue. (click to enlarge images)

It doesn’t seem like much has changed since then. If you’re looking for cheap drinks, live music and beach parties in the middle of winter, BJ’s will always be the place to go.



This awesome photo was featured on the front page. I really appreciate the narrative behind this image, as the cutline states that Fredonia won this game by 16 points.

The photographer must have taken this photo from the bleachers. Chris Newman (#45) appears to be at eye-level with the camera, despite being mid-air. I usually stick to the floor when I’m shooting a basketball game, but next time I might have to switch it up!



None of the articles from the 1992 issue really stood out to me, so I decided to go back a bit further. I came across this front page article from 1976, when cable TV was first introduced to Fredonia.


It was fascinating digging through Fredonia’s documented history. However, I feel as though I’ve barely even scratched the surface. My plan is to stop by the archives once a week for the rest of the semester. Who knows what I’ll stumble upon in the upcoming weeks!


All photos courtesy of Daniel A. Reed Library, Archives & Special Collections, State University of New York at Fredonia.

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