But perhaps Mary's most inspirational gift to me that year was her thesis. Struggling myself to write a creative thesis of short stories, I went to the Reed library tower and pulled down her collection of poems, The Horae of Mary Ethel Barnard, which she had submitted as a creative thesis 50 years before. There, in a foreword called "Confessional" and a preface titled "Creed," I found two of the most elegant and moving declarations of student intellectual independence I had ever read. Too intimidated at the time to discuss them with Mary, I taped them above my thesis desk in the library to help sustain me through months of writer's block.
Barnard's Erato Agonistes, Writing a Creative Thesis at Reed College in "The Golden Age" is available for $12 [includes postage] from the Reed College bookstore. It can be ordered by calling 503/777-7287 or writing to the Reed bookstore, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland OR 97202-8199 or
proceeds will benefit the oral
history project of the Reed College alumni association.|
These faculty photos were taken in 1941 by C. Herald Campbell '33. In 1939 Campbell set up the alumni office at Reed and in
1941 was appointed instructor
of photography. Influenced by the cover portraits of Time
magazine, Campbell arranged background props suggestive
of the subject's academic field. He remembers, "None of the
subjects really wanted to sit for their portrait."