The Digital Initiatives division of Pepperdine University Libraries recently noted another milestone: we added the 10,000th digitized photograph to the University Archives Photograph Collection. As one of our flagship digital collections, the University Archives Photograph Collection has been growing steadily over the last two years, thanks in large part to the effort of diligent, dedicated, and enthusiastic student workers.
And what snapshot of Pepperdine history does photo number 10,000 provide? It’s a rather unassuming photograph of a man at a lectern leading the Pledge of Allegiance. This patriotic ritual is as good an image as any to represent the visual history of our institution afforded by this digital collection.
The man is question is Thomas Kemp, the CEO of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, who would later serve the Board of Regents of Pepperdine University as vice-chairperson. Kemp led the Pledge of Allegiance, as seen here, at the 1983 Private Enterprise Award dinner, an annual event sponsored by Pepperdine University’s Center for American Private Enterprise. Kemp’s brother, Jack Kemp—who would later serve as Bob Dole’s running mate in 1996—gave the keynote address that evening.
Special thanks to Lindsey Gant and all past student workers for helping us achieve this milestone.