258 History of Wake Forest College
In this connection is made this further statement in regard to the
alumni. In the catalogues of the years 1866-72 lists of the alumni are
to be found. This includes the names only of those students of the
College who obtained degrees, all except two or three the degree of
Bachelor of Arts, but does not include the names of any who had
received the honorary degree of Master of Arts. There was no
complete list of students matriculated until the publication of Dr. C.
E. Taylor's "General Catalogue," in 1892. With this as a basis Mr. E.
B. Earnshaw, college bursar, began a card catalogue of all students,
which has been continued by him, and used by the alumni secretaries,
Mr. Dowtin and later Mr. Baucom, in the formation of other lists and
catalogues of students. For none of these card catalogues, however,
has there been any systematic collection of data; many of the cards
are blank except for what may be found in the college records.
At the annual meeting in 1915 plans were made for the systematic
organization of the alumni, and a board of control was appointed, with
H. A. Jones as executive secretary. At the same time the publication
of the Wake Forest Alumnus as the organ of the Association, with G.
W. Paschal as editor, was authorized. The result was that within a
year some twelve or fifteen local organizations had been effected,
some in large cities like New York, and others in counties in North
Carolina. Since that time an effort has been made to organize the
alumni of each county, and this effort with the assistance of the
alumni secretaries to be spoken of below has been generally
successful, so far as organization goes, but in only a few of them has
interest been maintained. For two or three years, the Wake County
Association maintained two scholarships in the College. The chief in-
terest, however, of most of the associations has been athletics, which
has risen or declined with the varying fortunes of the athletic teams of
the College; most often the only manifestation of this interest has
been enthusiasm. In too many cases the local associations are inactive
except at the time of the visits of the alumni secretary, but in some of
the larger population centers, like Philadelphia, the younger alumni
have their own
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