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Throwback Thursday: Skeleton Edition, Part II

October 31st, 2019

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!

Happy Halloween, Jayhawks!

Photograph of Professor Jack Brooking with students practicing make-up application, 1950s
Professor Jack Brooking with students practicing make-up application, 1950s. Brooking was a professor of speech and drama. Note the skull in his left hand. University Archives Photos. Call Number: RG 39/0 1950s Prints: University Theater (Photos). Click image to enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).

Caitlin Donnelly
Head of Public Services

Throwback Thursday: Homecoming Display Edition

October 24th, 2019

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!

We hope students and alumni have had a wonderful time celebrating KU’s 107th Homecoming this week!

Photograph of the Cosmopolitan Club house decorated for Homecoming, 1925
Photograph of the Cosmopolitan Club house decorated for Homecoming, 1925
The Cosmopolitan Club house decorated for Homecoming, 1925. University Archives Photos. Call Number: RG 71/1 1925: Student Activities: Homecoming (Photos). Click image to enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).

According to a 1920 bulletin from the Institute of International Education, Cosmopolitan Clubs were “organized in many of the leading universities” in the early twentieth-century “for the purpose of promoting international good will by bringing into fellowship selected representatives of each nationality within a given university. The motto of the Cosmopolitan Club is ‘Above All Nations is Humanity'” (77).

The 1926 Jayhawker yearbook states that the KU chapter of the Cosmopolitan Club was established in 1920; the club’s house was located at 1653 Indiana Street.

Caitlin Donnelly
Head of Public Services

Throwback Thursday: “Enrollment Bullpen” Edition

October 17th, 2019

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!

KU students currently enrolling in spring classes can be glad that the process no longer involves the kinds of scenes shown in this week’s photographs.

Photograph of the "enrollment bullpen," 1950s
The “enrollment bullpen,” a large board showing the availability of classes, 1950s. This photo was taken in the Kansas Union Ballroom. University Archives Photos. Call Number: RG 14/0 1950s: Office of Admissions/University Registrar (Photos). Click image to enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).
Photograph of someone updating the "enrollment bullpen," 1955
The “enrollment bullpen” from a different angle, being updated, 1955. University Archives Photos. Call Number: RG 14/0 1955: Office of Admissions/University Registrar (Photos). Click image to enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).

Caitlin Donnelly
Head of Public Services

Throwback Thursday: Spooner Hall Edition

October 10th, 2019

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!

A postcard featuring Spooner Hall, 1920s
A postcard featuring Spooner Hall, 1920s. University Archives Photos. Call Number: RG 0/22/83 1920s Prints: Campus: Buildings: Spooner Hall (Photos). Click image to enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).

Caitlin Donnelly
Head of Public Services

Throwback Thursday: Beat Oklahoma Edition, Part III

October 3rd, 2019

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!

A covered wagon in front of Strong Hall with a “Sooner Late Jayhawk Sooner” banner, 1938-1939. University Archives Photos. Call Number: RG 71/66/14 1938/1939 Negatives: Student Activities: Sports: Football (Photos). Click image to enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).

Caitlin Donnelly
Head of Public Services