As part of the 100-year anniversary celebration of the CU Boulder Archives in 2018, we completed a project to bring you 100 Stories for 100 Years from the Archives. The year-long celebration emphasized increased community inclusion, process transparency and accessibility.  We want to emphasize that we have only touched the surface of the treasures found in the CU Boulder Archives and we hope you enjoy the stories.

An ITU Seal

From the Archives: International Typographical Union

May 16, 2018

Established in 1852 as the National Typographical Union, this was the oldest labor union in continuous existence. It was renamed the International Typographical Union (ITU) in 1869. Members worked in composing, printing, press rooms throughout the newspaper industry. The ITU was headquartered in Colorado Springs, along with the ITU Printers'...

An image of a woman from our archives.

From the Archives: Images from the Japanese Internment Camps

May 15, 2018

Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the forced relocation of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast with Executive Order 9066. Over the spring of 1942, some 120,000 Japanese Americans were "evacuated" and placed into temporary "assembly centers" before being...

An image of Margaret Long and an automobile.

From the Archives: Margaret Long

May 14, 2018

The Margaret Long Papers combine the old West with the early automobile travel to document the unpaved trails of the West. Margaret Long (1873-1957), medical doctor, Colorado historian, and writer, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1873, daughter of Mary Glover and John D. Long. Her father served as governor...

Mother and child photo by Charles Snow

From the Archives: Charles F. Snow

May 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day! These images of mothers and children are just a few out of about 64,000 images form the Charles F. Snow Photograph collection , many of which have been digitized and can be found in our CU Boulder Libraries onling gallery. Charles Snow came to Boulder in 1908...

Brown leather Notebook that belonged to Emma Fairhurt

From the Archives: Emma Fairhurst

May 12, 2018

The Emma Fairhurst Papers is one of a number of collections that demonstrate the shift from mining to tourism in Colorado starting in 1910 and taking off after World War I. The combination of the collapse of mining in Colorado with the need for a new way to economically exploit...

Black and white photo of a man with a beard rolling a cigerette

From the Archives: Gary Graf

May 11, 2018

Many of the photographic collections at the CU Boulder Archives are useful for their many images of Boulder and the West, but the Gary R. Graf Photographs collection has another particularly interesting aspect. The collection holds the entire process Graf used when making his fine art prints, including his progression...

Graduation 1951 shows a dog yawning and faculty in robes struggling to stay awake.

From the Archives: the Evolution of the CU Catalogue and Directory

May 10, 2018

Congratulations to all of our graduating Buffs today! Your academic achievements are part of over 140 years of CU boulder history…a history that is five months older than the state of Colorado! To learn more about other graduates and courses taught in the past, you can look through the University...

Two young children smiling at the camera, in 1960s Vietnam

From the Archives: the pediatrician who photographed refugees in Vietnam

May 9, 2018

Meritt W. Stark, MD (1916-1996) graduated from CU Medical School and was a pediatrician in Denver before joining the Volunteer Physicians in South Vietnam for 2 months in 1967. He returned to South Vietnam as a public health physician in 1969 and remained there until the fall of South Vietnam...

Thomas Riha

From the Archives: the mystery of Thomas Riha

May 8, 2018

Are you a True Crime junkie? Did you know that CU has its own unsolved mystery in its history? Thomas Riha, a Russian History professor at CU disappeared from his home In March of 1969, and has never been found. The mystery involves Riha's divorce from his wife of four...

 images are from his lecture notes during med school (1896-1899).

From the Archives: William Page Harlow

May 7, 2018

How many degrees are you planning on earning? Ever thought about combining two very different disciplines to get an M.D. and a Geology degree while becoming dean of college? Dr. William Page Harlow did just that! Born November 14, 1867, he was involved in copper mining, but during a copper...