a year of confidence
George Bernard Shaw, and Robert Louis Stevenson; from America
(again, among others), Willa Cather, Theodore Dreiser, William
Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Sinclair Lew-
is. It is a tribute to Giacomini that he had the rare judgment and
taste to select and purchase the best books written in the English
language over a period of almost a hundred years.1
The Library also received from Major Henry T. Pulliam (B.A.,
1951), librarian at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union,
Virginia, a collection of works by and about Thomas Wolfe. There
were nearly five hundred items in all, including two hundred
books. Wake Forest considered it to be especially meaningful to
the University for such a collection, honoring North Carolina’s
most eminent novelist, to be located on our campus.
The Reynolda Village Advisory Committee, chaired by Emily
Wilson, reported that twelve boutiques and offices were now set-
tled for business in the Village. They included Friends of the Earth
Natural Foods Store, the Yoga Studio, Art Gallery Originals, the
Village Frame Shop, and a dress shop and beauty salon called the
Gazebo. The Village Book Store was also in the process of being
started. The Committee emphasized that every effort was being
made to preserve the original atmosphere of the Village. Nearby
Lake Katherine, virtually empty of water and in need of dredging
and reclamation, was often discussed as a treasured place that de-
served recovery to its original beauty, but nothing could be done
without an investment of funds beyond the University’s ability to
provide. Restoring Lake Katherine proved to be—and remained—
a hopeless endeavor.
Two new gifts were received from R.J. Reynolds Industries.
One—of $1,100,000—was for paving the parking lots adjacent to
Groves Stadium. The other—of $200,000—was for the construc-
tion of a so-called “townhouse” to be located on the northeast cor-
ner of the campus, near the indoor tennis courts. It would house
up to thirty-four male students and would be ready for occupancy
in the fall of 1976.
On September 13 about three hundred and fifty students and a
goodly number of faculty and staff members went on a “trek” to
the old campus in Wake Forest, where they were joined by Wake
Forest townspeople and a handful of retired professors still living
in their “hometown,” for a reunion and a celebration of the Univer-
Further details
about the Giacomini
collection are pro-
vided in William
Ray’s article, “New
Books for the Library,
Where Rare is Well
Done,” in The Wake
Forest Magazine,
XXIII (Spring 1976),
16–19, 36.
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