Campus Life in 1904-05

In November of 1904, a Japanese student from Tokyo named Sokichi Nagai enrolled at Kalamazoo College, which was then affiliated with the Baptist denomination. This student would later became a well-known author, writing under the name Nagai Kafu. The campus during Kafu’s student days was much different from how it is today. None of the campus buildings from that time still stand. The student body was much smaller and mainly came from Michigan. Students had far fewer choices in classes and extra-curricular activities. Follow the links below to learn more about the college at the turn of the 20th century.

Additional Resources

Nagai Kafu collection

1904-05 Catalog

1905 Yearbook

Lynn Wright ’09 Photo Album