“The Spirit of Tradition”

The Spirit of Tradition Syracuse University, like most academic institutions, is a school strongly rooted in tradition. In recognition of this, in 1998 the Syracuse University Archives presented "The Spirit of Tradition", an exhibition that recaptured the essence of the University's traditions. Though many are depicted here, the 1998 exhibition did not represent every tradition that was or still constituted a part of Syracuse University; there were simply too many to display. Students and alumni viewing this online exhibition are invited to offer suggestions and share recollections and memorabilia of these and any other traditions that were observed during time spent at Syracuse University.

The driving force behind most all of the traditions at Syracuse University has been The Traditions Commission, an organization dedicated to campus tradition.

This original exhibition "The Spirit of Tradition" was a project of the Syracuse University Archives. It was compiled from materials housed in the University's Archives and costumes and materials contributed by alumni. The exhibition began in May 1998 and was extended through September 1998. It was located on the first and sixth floors of Bird Library. This online version of the exhibition remains as a permanent part of the Archives website.

The Archives would like to recognize those individuals and departments that supported the original exhibition:

  • The SU Bookstore, Dick Case '54, and the Library's Special Collections Research Center.
  • Alumni Brian Masters '76, Dorothy Grover Bolton `53, and Flora Ablondi Workman `46.
  • And our special thanks to Archives' student employees and interns who researched and wrote much of the text of this exhibition: Jeffrey Capuzziello '00, Bridget Carlin '98, Joshua Hughes '99, Goretti Kao '00, Will McClements, Patte Weathers-Parry G'98 and Chad Wheaton G'03. And a very special thank you to intern Eric Rode G'99 whose organizational and design skills made this exhibition a reality.