Credits and Acknowledgements

This exhibition represents a collaboration between Peter Zinman and the University of Pennsylvania. It brings together Peter's unique collection of documents, primarily broadsides and postcards, dealing generally with the tradition of freshman class initiation by upperclassmen, with Penn's own contribution to this tradition, illustrated with items borrowed from the University Archives. Our thanks go to Peter for his willingness to share what is undoubtedly the world's largest collection of the genre, a collection started while he was a freshman at Dartmouth College. Thanks go as well to Michael Zinman, Peter's father and an extraordinary collector in his own right, who helped stimulate Peter's collecting with his original gift of two Dartmouth posters.

Many thanks to staff at the University of Pennsylvania Archives - Mark Frazier Lloyd, Mary McConaghy, and Nancy R. Miller - for their research into the Penn traditions and their loan of bowls and other items to the exhibition. They give this exhibition a Penn focus that ties the general practice to Penn's own traditions and ensures that it will resonate with the many students and alumni who view it.

Many in the University of Pennsylvania's Rare Book and Manuscript Library worked together to make this exhibition possible. David McKnight, in his capacity as Director, gave his enthusiastic support to the exhibition, in both its physical and virtual manifestations. Lynne Farrington, who upon seeing Peter's collection, originally invited him to bring it to Penn for an exhibition, then helped to select the items and, with the assistance of John Pollack, edited the text. Andrea Gottschalk and her assistant, Jude Robison, were joined by Catherine Turcich-Kealey C'08 in designing, mounting, and installing the exhibition. Catherine also carried out research on Penn's Freshman-Sophomore Rivalry traditions and wrote the text for the Penn portion of the exhibition. Sue Bing and Sibylla Shekerdjiska-Benatova provided conservation for many of the objects on display. High-quality digital scans, essential to making this exhibition virtual, were made by the Library's Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (SCETI). Chris Lippa (SCETI) photographed the large posters. Finally, SCETI's own Dennis Mullen developed this online exhibit site with the assistance of programmer Pukar Bhandari.