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...

Students sitting at a table studying during finals week from 1933 at Norlin Library

From the Archives: Finals circa 1933, 1954 and 2018

May 6, 2018

Are you ready to finish strong? The above image of students studying during finals week is from 1933 at Norlin Library. This image can be found in the A.A. and Laurence Paddock Photo/Negative Collection . While looking for the "reading machines” for our post last Friday, we also found some...

the 25th anniversary of the ATO's in Boulder on May 5th, 1926

From the Archives: Alpha Tau Omega

May 5, 2018

Alpha Tau Omega, ATO, is a fraternity that was founded in Richmond, Virginia on September 11, 1865 by Otis Allan Glazebrook. Many famous people have belonged to this fraternity including some notables like Teamster's President, Jimmy Hoffa; NFL Head Coach, Jim Mora; Wyoming Senator, Alan Simpson; director, Garry Marshall and...

Two women reading using a metronoscope to help focus their reading in the 1950s.

From the Archives: Reading Accelerators

May 4, 2018

Happy Reading Day! Need help studying? Maybe try one of these “reading accelerators” like a metronoscope (in use in the above photo), controlled reader, or tachitoscope, which were used to increase reading retention rates. Officially, the reading accelerator was not invented until 1957, but these 1954 Reading Class students seem...