About the Collection

Women attending Drake University form strong friendships and create memories that last a lifetime. As a small, mid-western institution, Drake continues to provide a great sense of closeness and community among its students and faculty.

In 2006, "What a time we had..." began to collect stories of Drake graduates and preserving the memories of these remarkable women, documenting their unique perspectives on college life, their defining experiences, personal relationships, and advice for future generations.


On Tuesday, April 24, 2007, Drake University's Cowles Library hosted a formal tea for its interviewees and guests. The web site created for "What a time we had ... Women remember Drake" was unveiled "live" and dedicated to these remarkable alumnae. It was an honor to have these women share their incredible memories and archive them for posterity. Their words of wisdom, advice, and recollections of collegiate fun will serve future generations of Drake women.


Project Coordinators, Claudia Frazer and Kathy Lincoln wish to especially thank Beth Cuddeback of Alumni and Development, Scott Phillips, Cowles Library Web Developer, and work study assistants, Nichole Bradley and Brenda Reisenberg, for all their hard work.