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Spring 2007 • Volume 13, Issue 2
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Joe Stowell

Bradley fans are invited to return to campus on Sunday, June 3 to celebrate the 80th birthday of Joe Stowell ’50 MA ’56, in conjunction with the men’s final alumni basketball game at Robertson Memorial Field House. The 3 p.m. game will also include players from Stowell’s two women’s basketball teams between 1981-1983. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children (K-12). Contact the ticket office at 309-677-2623 or 309-677-2625 for more information.

A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the Michel Student Center ballroom. A dinner buffet and program featuring emcee Dave Snell ’76 and a variety of speakers honoring Stowell’s legacy, will be at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50. Proceeds support the Joe Stowell Endowed Scholarship Fund. Visit or contact Ken Goldin ’64 MA ‘72 at 309-677-3000.


Defining America: University receives rare dictionary

by Aimée Roy

DictionaryDavid Connor HON ’90 recently donated a copy of the 1828 first edition of Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language to the Cullom-Davis Library. One of the most popular American books ever published, the two-volume set contained 70,000 words of which 12,000 had never appeared in any previously published dictionary. The press run for the edition was 2,500 copies.
“This dictionary is one of the most important cultural artifacts of America,” said Bradley University librarian Charles Frey, who oversees Special Collections. “It is the work that defined in words a national identity distinct from that of England.”

The true significance of the dictionary lay in Webster’s conviction that the United States had to shake off “foreign manners” and build an independent national culture reflecting the language that Americans were actually speaking. Purists condemned the new words in Webster’s dictionary as a “radical departure from the English language” and were horrified by the Americanized spellings such as “color” instead of “colour” and “music” instead of “musick.” Many of the words held different meanings in America than they would have in Europe, or were newly identified words being published in a dictionary for the first time. For example, “caucus,” for the first time meant, “…a meeting of citizens to agree upon candidates to be proposed for election to offices, or to concert measures for supporting a party.”

As a definition of national identity and cultural values, the 1828 dictionary is thought by some scholars to rival the significance of the Declaration of Independence. The dictionary resides in Special Collections, but the Library hopes to put it on public display this spring.


Carillon Chimes •  Entrepreneurs  •   Digital broadcast  •  Joe Stowell  •  Painting  •  Poet CD