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Library Fire of 1971 -- National Library Week

by Jesse Brody on 2017-04-13T13:00:00-04:00 in Archives

In April 1971, arsonists set several fires on campus, including two in the Francis Harvey Green Library: one in the bibliography room on the first floor and one in the basement, seriously damaging a recently purchased rare book collection. Students were able to extinguish the fire in the bibliography room, but fire fighters were required to control the fire in the basement. The damage was estimated to cost between $8,000 and $11,000. That same week, three fires caused minor damage in Anderson and Recitation Halls and multiple bomb threats were delivered via the college switchboard. The bomb threats continued into 1972, eventually resulting in the arrest of one student.







“Bomb threats decrease to three.” Quad Angles Tuesday May 2, 1972: Pg. 5. Digital. Accessed 12 May, 2017.

“Fire destroys rare book collection.” Quad Angles Tuesday 4 May, 1971: Pg. 1. Digital. Accessed 12 May, 2017.

“Little damage caused by fires, bomb threat.” Quad Angles Tuesday 27 April, 1971: Pg. 1. Digital. Accessed 12 May, 2017. 

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