Preparation for fundraising
campaign, winter vacation, 1940-41.
Funds were raised week by week
to fund the next step of construction. As interest in the project
increased, articles in m magazines and newspapers helped with the fund
raising effort. In the photograph Ted Dreier, at the blackboard,
outlines a fundraising strategy, probably for winter vacation. Cities
targeted are Boston, New York, Denver, San Antonio. Over winter vacation
students organized concerts and other events to raise money.
"Our campaigns for
gifts this summer have been almost without success and so I am
afraid it is not going to be safe to embark on a very large program
right away. I have recommended to my colleagues that we take $2200
out of our general income to apply towards the building. I thought
that this would guarantee at least a beginning. Then I have
recommended in addition that one-half of the gifts received during
the summer that are not specifically allocated, should be applied to
the building program. These gifts to date amount to $1400, so that
the share for the building program is $700, making $2900 available
to date. We certainly shall obtain somewhat more but how much is
hard to say. I feel that if we set aside $2000 to begin with (to be
used as follows: $1000 for tractor, sawmill and miscellaneous small
tools; $1000 for wages up to Christmas of builder, his helper and
our farmer who will use his team to drag the logs down to the
sawmill) that it would be reasonably safe to count on an additional
$4000 for building materials. We already have $900 of it, leaving
$3100 still to procure. Of course this still leaves us with the
necessity of raising money to divide the building up into rooms,
install plumbing, electricity and heating. I think we can undertake
to raise this money later on, but I would hate to proceed without
feeling that there was little doubt we could complete the shell
without undue delay. That is why I stated in my wire I thought we
should limit ourselves to $4000 for materials for the outer shell of
the first construction unit. I hope that the plans you make will be
such that we can start out with them in this way."
State Archives, Black Mountain College Papers. Theodore Dreier to A.
Lawrence Kocher, 2 August 1940.
Left to right:
Fernando Leon (standing left). Faith
Murray (Britton) (white cape), Robert Wunsch, Heinrich Jalowetz (glasses),
Robert Babcock (pipe).
Photo courtesy North
Carolina State Archives, Black Mountain College Papers.