While refugees came to the campus from Europe and Asia and faculty members and students left the campus to contribute to war efforts, there were many who remained at Black Mountain College. This was a vital time for these individuals as well as for the college itself. Many things were shaped and influenced by the World War II. From building the Studies Building to showing support for the war, revising wartime educational philosophy, and changing the type of activities that were done for fun, there was no part of campus life that was not touch by the war.
“Those Who Stayed” seeks to explore life on the Black Mountain College campus during World War II. More specifically, “Those Who Stayed” investigates the ways in which the college supported the war, how their educational philosophy and class/subject structure changed during the war, and how the campus overcame obstacles in building and repairing buildings during the war. In the sections provided, you will be able to delve into different aspects of life on campus, complete with photographs, digitized copies of school bulletins, speeches, and college catalogs. This section of the website also contains an interactive “Build the Studies Building” game. To gain access to more primary sources from the Black Mountain College Collection, complete the Studies Building!
Fig. 1 Students on Truck, Black Mountain College Papers, Studies Building, Box 19, Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina.
Fig. 2 Tom Leonard, Edwin Straus at Desk, Black Mountain College Papers, Faculty Photos, Box 4, Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina.
Fig. 3 Studies Building, Black Mountain College Papers, Studies Building, Box 19, Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina.