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.

Glen Slaughter, Seiichi Komesu, and Glenn Nelson in Okinawa, 1945

Three men who saved lives on Okinawa

March 12, 2018

Glen Slaughter, Seiichi "Tony" Komesu and Glenn Nelson in Okinawa, 1945 Glen K. Slaughter and Glenn W. Nelson were Marine Corps Japanese Language Officers who met at the US. Navy Japanese Language School at the University of Colorado Boulder. They served together on Okinawa in the 6th Marine Division. Together...

Francis Ramaley, seated, with friends, circa 1900

From the Archives: Francis Ramaley

March 11, 2018

Francis Ramaley, of EPO Biology Building fame, began CU Boulder's tradition of mountain biology when he started the Tolland Summer Biology Camp in 1909. Students used the tools of their trade in those years, shotguns, butterfly nets, and shovels. His camp closed in 1919, after the university purchased land to...

Hal Sayre's journal

From the Archives: Hal Sayre

March 10, 2018

Hal Sayre, a Colorado 59er, assayer, and mining promoter, arrived in Colorado in 1859 and became the first surveyor in the territory. He was a member of the partnership that founded La Porte, Colorado and at one time owned Dillon, Colorado. Sayre later became president of the Rocky Mountain National...

The American Quartet and Mandolin Club near Chautauqua Park, circa 1900

Joseph Sturtevant's Photography

March 9, 2018

This image is of The American Quartet and Mandolin Club posed in front of “Rocky Mountain Joe,” Joseph Sturtevant’s photography studio, in Chautauqua Park, Colorado around 1900. Joseph Sturtevant took up photography in 1884 and became one of the region’s most prominent photographers. Reportedly, Sturtevant was known for his tall...

Three women at the US Navy Japanese Language School at CU Boulder

Nancy Pearce Helmbold

March 8, 2018

Nancy Hembold, far left, and two other women at the US Navy Japanese Language School at CU Boulder Born December 16, 1918, in Abilene, Texas, Nancy Pearce Helmbold was the second of three daughters to a typewriter salesman and his wife. After graduating from high school as valedictorian, Helmbold attended...

"Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine: 1880-1930."

The Evolution of the Medical School

March 7, 2018

The School of Medicine began humbly in 1883, Boulder, with two students and two professors. Today, the medical school now is part of a bioscience center that also includes schools of dental medicine, pharmacy, public health and nursing housed at the CU Anschutz Campus. However, this image is from an...

Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi's handwritten edits to his poem

Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi Collection

March 6, 2018

Archives are not just a bunch of old paper. Though that is a majority of what we currently work with, we also preserve and provide access to materials that are created digitally. The Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi papers , for example, contain not only boxes of paper materials, but also...

Image of the Trinity Test blast from July 16, 1945 with a building for scale

The Trinity Test

March 5, 2018

This book of images from the Trinity Tests, collected and donated by CU Professor Albert Bartlett , is full of declassified images that were eventually gifted to Prof. Bartlett in gratitude for being one of the photo printers. Each printer got to keep a set for themselves, which was interesting...

Mary Rippon

Mary Rippon, the first CU female professor

March 3, 2018

Professor Mary Rippon was the first female professor at CU and is believed to be the first female faculty at a state university. She came to CU in 1878 to teach English grammar, French and German languages, and give instruction in mathematics. Serving until 1909, she became the head of...

Go Buffs circa 1933

Go Buffs vs Utes (circa 1933)

March 3, 2018

Smarting from tonight’s Buffs vs Utes game? Let’s remember sweeter days when the Utes fell to the Buffs. This 1933 Homecoming image comes from the A. A. and Laurence Paddock Photo/ Negative Collection at the CU Boulder Archives. A. A. was the son of Lucius Carver Paddock, one of Colorado's...