Answered By: University of Illinois Library
Last Updated: May 31, 2017     Views: 2

The quotes in the Undergraduate Library Courtyard:

  • “This court is dedicated by the class of 1916 to the memory of Edmund Janes James, president 1904-1920. Let this be a holy place for the human spirit consecrated to the forces which magnify the soul – James. The real object of university education is to furnish preparation for efficient social service – James. Books are alive to the man who knows how to use these sources of inspiration and power – James.”

This quote is a memorial from the class of 1916 in celebration of their 50th Reunion, dedicated to the President during their time at the university, Edmund Janes James. James was well-liked, well-respected, and very active in the university’s physical growth as well as it’s academic growth (particularly the library). All of the quotes are from James’ writings. A block at the north end of the courtyard displays the names of all the “Sixteeners” who made a donation to this James memorial fund. The courtyard is referred to as the "Edmund Janes James Memorial Courtyard."

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