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f 'HE first l-ll-O-HI was published in l890 by the Junior class of that year. lts
editors, R. A. Millikan and E. H. Abbott, were pioneers in the annual field. In their
bow to the public they expressed the "hope of the editors and of all loyal sons and daughters
of our beloved institution" that the Annual had come to stay. "lt has a noble career before
ilf, ln this the first year of its history it attained considerable size, boasting one hundred
and sixty-two pages of reading matter exclusive of advertisements. This was an auspi-
cious beginning, and the interest which made it possible guaranteed the permanence and
success of the book.
What has been the "noble career" prophesied by the first editors? Between the
years l89l and 1907 the annual was published in a variety of sizes and with a constantly
increasing number of pages. The year '95 marked a turning point in its history. Rapid
evolution had taken place since the first issue and now the college was able to afford a
volume of 3l2 pages, well illustrated with photographs and drawings. From that time
on each succeeding Junior class maintained a high standard of quality. The organization
of editorial and business staff became more and more complex as the demands made by the
work grew heavier. Photographs and drawings increased in number and quality,
replacing the literary department that in older days had enjoyed such prominence. The
annual was finally to become primarily a pictorial, and only secondarily a literary, record.
Finally there was evolved the Oberlin annual of recent years, a book that compares
favorably with any other annual in the country.
During the twenty-five years of its development the l-ll-O-HI has increased in
size and complexity almost to the breaking point. It makes demands upon the time
and strength of its editors that no one who has not been a member of the board can
appreciate. It now employs fourteen men and women for an entire year. The drawing
can be done only with the assistance of half a dozen amateur artists. The photographs
have become so numerous asto make necessary the election of a photograph editor, who
devotes a large amount of time to the su-
f pervision of this department alone. Illus-
trations of all kinds number nearly eight
hundred. The pages of reading matter
and illustrations total 368, and the total
cost of printing, engraving, and photo-
graphing approximates 33,000.00
Surely the thought, labor, and time that
represent the effort of the Junior class to
record faithfully the life of the college
I Hi-0-Hi Office place the HI-O-HI among the foremost of
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ilu Grateful jllllemory
Giharles jlillartin ilaall
Bachelor of Qtts of QBberlin tnlollege, 1885
flilaster of Qrts, 1893
Biscouerer in 1886 of the process for the inoustrial pcoouction
of aluminum, succeeoing where oistinguisheo chemists in
tlliurope ano Simerica for fifty years hah faileo.
Ufrustee of ilDberlin Qlollege 1905:l9l4.
Igonoreo in 1910 by his Silma Qpater with the Degree of Doctor
of Laws, ano in 1911 by the affiliateo Qlhemical ano Qlilectros
Qlhemical Societies with the awaro of the Lwerkin Qmeoal.
Qfreator of "the age of aluminum," ano thereby benefactor of
Generous giver to great causes at home ano abroao.
1319 his gifts to snnerlin Qcouege, ooubling its enoowment
funos, beautifying its surrounoings, insuring to succeeo:
ing generations the beauties of park ano arboretum ann
forest reserbe, enriching its art collections, ano propioing
a stately center for college ano community life.
Q man of keen, penetrating, ano oetermineo mino, with beep
lone of the beautiful, lofty ano courageous in his moral
purposes, Deeply earliest ano unselfisb in his oeootionto
bis Silma sjpater gratefully honors his memory, as that of a
maker of a new perioo in its history.
Lbenry QE. Liing.
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our outside activities. Its impartial portrayal of all aspects of' our scholastic and social life
removes it from the realm of merely class interests and makes it the organ of the whole
school. As such it has a right to a status different from that which it has had in the past.
At present it is isolated from the world of college activity. It has no representation on the
Senate, receives no attention from the faculty, and is seldom heard of by the students
except during the two or three months preceding the date of issue. Furthermore, each
board is compelled to enter upon the work entirely without experience and to spend a large
part of the year learning the little details of printing and engraving. It is at present im-
possible for one board to benefit greatly by the experience of another. There is a lack of
continuity that places a needless burden upon each new editorial staff. Little wonder that
the question has been raised-ls the HI-O-H1 worth while? Yet it is worth while and
occupies a place that nothing else could fill. It needs only to be put on a sounder basis.
To bring the annual work into closer association with other college activities the
editor-in-chief and manager of the HI-O-l-ll might be given seats on the lVlen's Senate and
its organization incorporated under the U. l... A., the board still to be elected from the
junior class. This change would place the annual on a status similar to that of the
Review. It would, however, be distinctly the product of the junior class. The U.
L. A. would merely conduct elections, examine accounts and exercise a general oversight.
To insure greater continuity and efficiency, a permanent office might be secured, a
library of annuals and books of instruction accumulated, an exchange department
maintained, records kept of the methods employed each year, an official and permanent
letter-head adopted, and the new editor and manager given an opportunity to work with
the acting board during the busy season of March and April. This year has witnessed a
step in the right direction. A conveniently located and well furnished office has not only
facilitated the gathering of material and the preparation of copy, but has made possible
the collection of annuals published by this and other schools, the solicitation of exchanges,
and the keeping of fragmentary records.
The working out of a definite policy along the lines indicated would lighten the
Work of editing the annual, raise its quality, and assure to it increased usefulness, more
enthusiastic support, and wider recognition.
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