William Henry Humiston Scrapbook, Lake Forest University Class of 1891

Title

William Henry Humiston Scrapbook, Lake Forest University Class of 1891

Subject

Lake Forest University

Description

Historical images of Lake Forest University and its surrounding from ca. 1887-1897 make up this collection of photographic prints.

William Henry Humiston after his graduation went on or continued to be a chruch organist in the Chicago area, studied music under Edward McDowell, and served as assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic under Walter Damrossch.  As a scholar of music and arranger, he helped promote many earlier composers such as Bach.  He wrote music, some of which is available online--such as his "Southern Fantasy" (1906) on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luPNvtMigUA .  Humiston's musical manuscripts and papers are at the U. of Missouri-Kanasas City library special collections: http://library.umkc.edu/spec-col-collections/humiston .  The finding aid contains a biographical sketch and listings of compositions, attangements, publications, etc.: http://library.umkc.edu/sites/default/files/images/spec-col/col-humiston-finding-aid.pdf .

The images reflect life at Lake Forest College in an era for which few images survive.  Group views show the small student body of the day.  Several views of a University theatrical porduction, "Lycia," are shown, but there is no record at the Kansas City archive of any composition for this by Humiston.  There are also views relating to a rail trip by the 1894 Univ. glee club, for which Humiston appears to have been a participant.  There are also care-free images of a picnic by the senior class to Diamond Lake, west of Lake Forest in Mundelein or nearby.  The handwritten captions appear to be the work of the Rev. Dr. James G. K. McClure, pastor of the Presbyterian Church (1881-1905), a trustee of the Univ., 1889-1922, and presdient of the Univ., acting 1892-93 and 1897-1901.  Humiston would have served under McClure at the church as organist, and is pictured at that organ in Lake Forest: Estates, People and Culture by ARthur H. Miller and Shirley M. Paddock (Arcadia, 2000).  The image is from the Alexander Candee scrapbook from the period.  The Church was completed in 1887.

One of the images shows the view east to the lake from the corner of Mayflower Rd. and Spring Lane, which was a block east of the bridge that linked the university main campus to the lake front.  On the left is shown an arbor development that apparently dates from ca. 1870 when the house and a former green house were futher north for the C. B. Farwell estate, Fairlawn.  This arbor was remodeled and shortened on the south when the property was developed in the 1920s.  But the remaining arbor, dating from ca. 1870, very likely is one of the oldest surivivng above-the-ground garden features in the Chicago region.

Creator

Humiston, William Henry, 1869-1923

Publisher

Archives and Special Collections, Donnelley and Lee Library, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

Date

1887-1897

Contributor

McClure, James G. K. (Gore King), 1848-1932

Rights

http://www.lakeforest.edu/library/archives/permission.php

Format

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Language

eng

Type

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Citation

Humiston, William Henry, 1869-1923, “William Henry Humiston Scrapbook, Lake Forest University Class of 1891,” Digital Collections - Lake Forest College, accessed September 26, 2017, http://collections.lakeforest.edu/items/show/6279.

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