Joe Keith Edwards of Booneville, Arkansas, became a student at Ouachita Baptist College in 1914 and graduated with an AB in 1917. Edwards held a number of offices during his junior and senior years: Vice- President of the Philomathean Literary Society (1916), President of S.I.A. (1917), President of the Wallis Baraca Sunday School class at the First Baptist Church of Arkadelphia (1917), President of the Ouachita Senior Class of 1917, Athletics Director of the Ouachita Ripples (1916-1917), and Editor-in-Chief of the Ouachitonian (1917).
The Footprints of Fellowship scrapbook contains keepsakes accumulated by Joe Keith Edwards during his senior year (1917) at Ouachita Baptist College. The keepsakes include music and theatre programs, photographs, newspaper articles, yells and songs, postcards of OBC and Arkadelphia, social cards, wedding invitations, a “List of Alumni,” memorabilia from events, and a telegram telling of the death of two brothers who were students at OBC. There are handwritten descriptions of pleasure jaunts, social gatherings, and inter-collegiate athletic records. Signatures of classmates along with their hometown, birthday, and well wishes are also found in the scrapbook. The photographs feature buildings on OBU campus, buildings around Arkadelphia, views of the Ouachita and Caddo rivers, snapshots of kitchen and domestic staff, the road to Hot Springs, and a group picture of the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Blues professional baseball teams. Since Edwards was the Editor-in-Chief for the 1917 Ouachitonian, the photographs include originals of many of the pictures in that issue.
Joe Keith Edwards Footprints of Fellowship Scrapbook. Riley-Hickingbotham Library Archives and Special Collections, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.