Virginia Blue campaigning for reelection as the Treasurer of the State of Colorado

From the Archives: Virginia Neal Blue

April 19, 2018

Born in Meeker, CO, Virginia Neal Blue earned a BS in Economics from the University of Colorado in 1931. Blue went on to become a Regent of the University of Colorado system (1953-1959) and Chairman of the Colorado Commission on the Status of Women (1964-1966). In 1967, she successfully ran...

Boulder activists from the BASJ

From the Archives: Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry

April 18, 2018

As the Soviet Union began to crumble in the late 1980s, a group of Jews in Boulder organized to aid and resettle Soviet Jews who faced increasing discrimination from the Soviet state and refusal of their requests to emigrate (earning them the label of “refuseniks”). These Jewish Boulderites called themselves...

Perry Como and Louis Armstrong, from the AMRC collection

From the Archives: the American Music Research Center

April 17, 2018

The American Music Research Center is the oldest center for the study of music of the American Continents in the United States. Founded in 1966 by Sister Mary Dominic Ray, the Center was located at Dominican College, in San Rafael, California, until 1989. That year, through the efforts of then...

CU Boulder's the Hill neighborhood, as it looked at the turn of the 20th century.

From the Archives: The Hill

April 16, 2018

When the University of Colorado was established in 1876, very little of Boulder extended south of Boulder Creek and the campus was placed on a short grass prairie slope hundreds of yards south of town. In 1885 there was a photo taken of a carriage on "9th street", a dirt...

Drawings of flowers by Seville Flowers

From the Archives: Seville Flowers

April 14, 2018

Spring is upon us! Find some flowers blooming in CU’s Archives, in the Seville Flowers Collection . Seville Flowers was a professor of botany at the University of Utah from 1936-1968 and his collection contains class lectures and notes, manuscripts, and drawings of specimens from that time. Yes, that is...

Jane Thaler examines a tape recording of Henry Kissinger at CWA

After 70 years, archives chronicle CWA's journey

April 13, 2018

In 1948, luminaries in politics, economics and medicine gathered on the CU Boulder campus for a forum that was supposed to be a one-shot tribute to the budding United Nations. The 12 events on UNESCO, atomic energy and Palestine proved so popular, however, the university invited Howard Higman, a sociology...

The two winners of our first Picture CU photo scavenger hunt

Picture CU

April 12, 2018

Today was the first of hopefully many events called "Picture CU." The Archives Scavenger Hunt lead students around campus to explore the history of CU Boulder using historic images of campus. Students were asked to bring their camera phones, walking shoes, and a group of friends to find the modern-day...

A student working in the Libraries' Archives, sorting papers.

From the Archives: Our amazing student employees!

April 11, 2018

In honor of National Library Worker Day and CU’s Student Appreciation Week, we would like to recognize the amazing students we have been lucky to work with in the CU Boulder Archives. From student assistants to graduate fellows, our students have been pivotal in making our collections available through projects...

CU Boulder Photo Archivist Jennifer Sanchez

Q and A with photo archivist Jennifer Sanchez

April 10, 2018

Jennifer, as the photo archivist for the University Libraries, tell us, what does a photo archivist do? JS: I primarily work on preserving and providing access to photographic and audio/visual materials in the CU Boulder Archives. I manage the collections that are primarily composed of photographs and also help other...

Conference on World Affairs 1950s

From the Archives: Conference on World Affairs

April 9, 2018

Scene from the Conference on World Affairs, circa 1950. Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Conference on World Affairs is a year-round unit of the University of Colorado Boulder, offering events without admission fees to the Boulder community, students, and the public. Their most popular event is CWA Week, which starts...