Glenn Miller and his trombone

From the Archives: Glenn Miller

June 3, 2018

One of CU's most famous students never actually graduated. Alton Glenn Miller (1904-1944) was born in Clarinda, Iowa and later moved to Fort Morgan, Colorado, where he grew up. In 1923, he brought his trombone to Boulder and enrolled at CU. He was unsuccessful in terms of grades (he failed...

Materials from the Atomic West Collection, including government brochures on nuclear energy.

From the Archives: Morey Wolfson

June 2, 2018

In late 1969, Morey Wolfson was involved with the student government at the University of Colorado at Denver. The student government received a letter from an organization called Environmental Action that was recently founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson and led by Denis Hayes. The purpose of that organization was to...

Personal items of George W. Nace from his time serving in Japan.

From the Archives: George W. Nace

June 1, 2018

George W. Nace (1920-1987) was an innovative developmental biologist at Duke University and the University of Michigan. The son of a missionary, he spent much of his childhood in Japan where he became fluent in Japanese. During WWII, Nace used his talents in the Japanese language and received a certificate...

Paper documents from the Humanitas International organization, founded by Joan Baez

From the Archives: Humanitas International

May 30, 2018

Legendary singer-songwriter Joan Baez is also well-known for her activism. In addition to performing at Woodstock, Baez was highliy visable in anti-war marches and encouraged draft resistance at her concerts.So, it was a considerable surprise to many when she publicly spoke out against the Vietnamese Government’s persecution of suspected pro-American...

Archivist David Hays holding a copy of Deciphering the Rising Sun with a personal thank you inscription by the author.

Q and A with archivist David Hays

May 29, 2018

How did you become interested in being an archivist? What was your path to where you are now? I worked in the Archives while a graduate student in American History at CU. Like many history students and scholars, I had long been fascinated by primary historical sources: letters, minutes, diaries,...

A photo taken of a page with photos of soldiers.

From the Archives: Memorial Day

May 28, 2018

During World War II, families conscientiously sent updates on where their military loved ones (who were CU alumni, former students, or professors) were assigned and what happened to them. In 1942, and early 1943, you can see photos of smiling faces in uniforms dotting the pages of the Alumnus, together...

An picture of the WAVES.

From the Archives: WAVES

May 27, 2018

WAVES, “Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service,” were officers in the US Navy during World War II and some were accepted into the US Navy Japanese Language School. Of those who were recruited to the school in 1943, some had been born and/or raised in Asia, like Emma McCloy, who...

An image from the mouth of cave of a lake.

From the Archives: William Osgood Field

May 26, 2018

William Osgood Field was an internationally known Glaciologist, and head of the Department of Exploration and Field Research at American Geophysical Union/American Geographical Society (AGU/AGS) from 1947 until his retirement in 1969. Field participated in many trips to Alaska from 1935-1972. During these times Field and his colleagues documented glacier...

Photos from the archives.

From the Archives: Keith Porter

May 25, 2018

Keith Porter is regarded as one of the founders of the modern science of cell biology. As a young scientist in 1944, Porter teamed up with Albert Claude and Ernest Fullam to produce the first picture of a whole cell taken with an electron microscope. That achievement led to a...

One of the glass photographic slides.

From the Archives: Eben G. Fine

May 24, 2018

Eben G. Fine was born on a farm near Hamilton, Missouri, in 1865, one of twelve children. His father died shortly after his birth, followed by his mother in 1879, when he was fourteen. For the next three years Fine boarded with various families while continuing his education in Hamilton...