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Throwback Thursday: Suitcase Avalanche Edition

August 17th, 2017

Each week we’ll be posting a photograph from University Archives that shows a scene from KU’s past. We’ve also scanned more than 34,800 images from KU’s University Archives and made them available online; be sure to check them out!

Today is Move-In Day, and new and returning Jayhawks are arriving on Mount Oread. This week’s post features a verbal description and visual depiction of what this looked like at the beginning of KU’s 1928-1929 academic year, according to the 1929 Jayhawker yearbook.

Happy greetings…hand shaking…taxis whizzing away loaded with newly arrived students…perspiring baggagemen swearing at an avalanche of trunks and suitcases…The sleepy town of Lawrence suddenly awakened to the realization that another nine months session had begun at K.U.

Page from the Jayhawker yearbook, 1929 Page from the Jayhawker yearbook, 1929

Selected pages from the 1929 Jayhawker yearbook. University Archives.
Call Number: LD 2697 .J3 1929. Click images to enlarge.

Subsequent pages in the yearbook describe the high points of the first week of freshman life at KU. Some events are familiar to modern students, for example participating in fraternity and sorority recruitment and learning about university customs and traditions. Other events – like taking a psychological examination, attending teas, and registering and enrolling for fall classes right before the beginning of the semester – would be foreign.

Page from the Jayhawker yearbook, 1929

Page from the Jayhawker yearbook, 1929 Page from the Jayhawker yearbook, 1929

Selected pages from the 1929 Jayhawker yearbook. University Archives.
Call Number: LD 2697 .J3 1929. Click images to enlarge.

Caitlin Donnelly
Head of Public Services

Throwback Thursday: Enrollment Edition

October 16th, 2014

Each week we’ll be posting a photograph from University Archives that shows a scene from KU’s past. We’ve also scanned more than 1,700 images from KU’s University Archives and made them available online; be sure to check them out!

Starting tomorrow, continuing students at KU can enroll for their spring classes. This weeks’ photos highlight the process before computers and the Internet: paper course descriptions, timetables, and forms, plus lots and lots of walking and waiting in line…especially if the course you wanted was already full.

To help explain the photos, we’ve also included the enrollment procedures for the Spring 1974 term.

Photograph of students picking up paperwork in Hoch Auditorium, 1968

Students picking up paperwork in Hoch Auditorium, 1968.
University Archives Photos. Call Number: RG 14/0 1968 Prints:
Office of Admissions/University Registrar (Photos).
Click image to enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).

Photograph of a navigational sign for enrollment at Allen Fieldhouse, 1972

Finding departmental stations in Allen Fieldhouse, 1972.
University Archives Photos. Call Number: RG 14/0 1972 Prints:
Office of Admissions/University Registrar (Photos).
Click image to enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).

Photograph of Class Card stations in Allen Fieldhouse, 1976

Picking up Class Cards at departmental stations in
Allen Fieldhouse, 1976. University Archives Photos.
Call Number: RG 14/0 1976 Prints: Office of
Admissions/University Registrar (Photos). Click image to
enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).

Image of Timetable of Classes, Spring 1974 Enrollment Edition, page ii Image of Timetable of Classes, Spring 1974 Enrollment Edition, page iii Image of Timetable of Classes, Spring 1974 Enrollment Edition, page iv

Enrollment procedures explained in the Timetable of Classes, Spring 1974 Enrollment Edition.
University Archives. Call Number: RG 14/0/3. Click image to enlarge.

Caitlin Donnelly
Head of Public Services

Brian Nomura
Public Services Student Assistant