Yvonne Slyker Cave photograph collection

Identifier: MS-1065

Collection Overview


The personal photographs of Yvonne (Slyker) Cave consist of snapshots, including many taken during her years as a student at Bowling Green State University between 1945 and her graduation with the Class of 1948.


  • Creation: 1937-2007


0.46 Cubic Feet (1 legal manuscript box)


Scope and Contents

During the period of most of the photos in this collection, between 1945 and 1948, Yvonne Slyker was a student at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. She is seen at several recognizable location around campus, most notably the Falcon's Nest, a log-cabin style student union, the Women's Building when it was being used for housing, and even a glimpse of the old trailer housing to the west of Oak Grove Cemetery known as "Falcon Heights". Unfortunately, most individuals in the photos are unidentified, but as representative students of the time period the pictures are useful to illustrate how students relaxed, socialized, and interacted on campus. Included in the collection are several images of servicemen in uniform, some who were on campus and others who were probably friends of Yvonne from her home in Huron, Ohio. Those photographs that can't be identified as being on the BGSU campus include views of Geneva, NY with what may have been a YMCA/YWCA gathering, a track meet that appears to have taken place in Sandusky, Ohio around 1942, and a couple of views of locations at the Great Lakes Exhibition, held in Cleveland, Ohio in 1936-1937. Most of the prints in the collection do have a corresponding original negative, but the envelopes containing the negative were in no particular order, so there is no systematic way of finding the negative for an individual print.

Biographical / Historical

Yvonne Slyker was born on November 25, 1925 in Huron, Ohio. She attended both the College of Wooster and Bowling Green State University, working her way through school on scholarships. During her time at BGSU she was active in the YWCA, the Student Christian Fellowship, and the Bowling Club. She also attended Union Theological Seminary for three years and all through her life she was active in the Presbyterian Church. Married to Richard K. Cave for 35 years, Yvonne worked in the church library at John Knox Presbyterian Church in North Canton, Ohio and was active in committees and outreach work. She passed away on February 20, 2007.

Conditions Governing Access

No known access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers using this collection assume full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright, and are responsible for securing permissions necessary for publication or reproduction.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the Center for Archival Collections in July 2007 through the cooperation of Jerry Elenz, of Michigan City, Indiana, a family friend.

Guide to Yvonne Slyker Cave photograph collection
Marilyn Levinson, Kayla Shank
July 2007, March 2020
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