Scrap Basket

Title: Scrap Basket
Available online: 1 November 1930 - 1 February 1940 (21 issues)

Place of publication: Richmond, VA

St. Catherine's School, Richmond, Virginia. Resident School, connected by arcade, containing upper school class rooms.

St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, VA, was established by educator Virginia Randolph Ellett (1857–1939) by 1890. Originally named the Virginia Randolph Ellett School for Girls, St. Catherine’s was incorporated into the system of Church Schools in The Diocese of Virginia, Inc. in 1920, and named to honor Saint Catherine, the patron saint of philosophers, scholars, and young women.

Virginia Ellett is credited for bringing the Bryn Mawr College Entrance exams to Virginia in 1906. She valued English as the most important subject in the school’s curriculum, and emphasized reading, writing, and theatrical performance in the girls’ education. She believed that a woman’s “freedom of the personal spirit” was “largely measured by the ability to express itself in spoken and written words.”

In 1927, Miss Ellett’s tenth-grade students founded the school’s first newspaper, The Scrap Basket. The following year, they published news, poems, and short stories representing the whole school, grades K-12. During the School’s 50-anniversary year, 1940, students voted to change the paper's name from The Scrap Basket to The Arcadian. “Arcadian” refers to an arcade on campus that links the central building with other divisions. The name change cited confidence in the newspaper’s content. Students experimented with other publications as well, notably Odds ‘n’ Ends for the Middle School from 1932 to 1942.

Despite a dedicated staff of 16, student editors in 1944 decided the May issue would be the last Arcadian, due in part to the strains of WWII. Campus news was again in print by 1961, and in 1978, the Arcadian won a First Place Certificate from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Several issues in the collection are called Arcadian-Forum, deriving from the newspaper’s merge with The Forum, first published in 1993 as a venue for the expression of students’ views on timely issues and printed separately for 10 years prior. The Arcadian continues as a literary activity for St. Catherine’s students today.

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1 Sunday, 1 May 1932
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2 Monday, 2 May 1932
3 Tuesday, 3 May 1932
4 Wednesday, 4 May 1932
5 Thursday, 5 May 1932
6 Friday, 6 May 1932
7 Saturday, 7 May 1932
8 Sunday, 8 May 1932
9 Monday, 9 May 1932
10 Tuesday, 10 May 1932
11 Wednesday, 11 May 1932
12 Thursday, 12 May 1932
13 Friday, 13 May 1932
14 Saturday, 14 May 1932
15 Sunday, 15 May 1932
16 Monday, 16 May 1932
17 Tuesday, 17 May 1932
18 Wednesday, 18 May 1932
19 Thursday, 19 May 1932
20 Friday, 20 May 1932
21 Saturday, 21 May 1932
22 Sunday, 22 May 1932
23 Monday, 23 May 1932
24 Tuesday, 24 May 1932
25 Wednesday, 25 May 1932
26 Thursday, 26 May 1932
27 Friday, 27 May 1932
28 Saturday, 28 May 1932
29 Sunday, 29 May 1932
30 Monday, 30 May 1932
31 Tuesday, 31 May 1932

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