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Throwback Thursday: Corbin Hall Edition

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!

This week’s photograph is an early view of Corbin Residence Hall, KU’s first dormitory, which opened in 1923. Corbin will close for renovation starting this month and will remain closed during the 2017-2018 school year.

Photogrph of Corbin Hall, 1925

Corbin Hall, 1925. University Archives Photos.
Call Number: RG 0/22/13 1925 Prints: Campus: Buildings: Corbin Hall (Photos).
Click image to enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).

The original structure shown in the picture is the southernmost section of the current residence hall. It faces 11th Street at Ohio, which is to the right of the building but not visible in the picture.

Additional photographs of Corbin Hall are available through Spencer’s online collection of University Archives images.

Caitlin Donnelly
Head of Public Services

Melissa Kleinschmidt and Abbey Ulrich
Public Services Student Assistants

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2 Responses to “Throwback Thursday: Corbin Hall Edition”

Lived in North Corbin (110 and 701) my freshman and sophomore years at KU (Fall ’76 through spring ’78.) First the “dungeon” of below-ground first floor, followed by the comparative luxury of a double room reserved as a single (don’t ask) in the gable-roofed “penthouse” of the seventh floor. Loved living in this residence hall and made some of the BEST friends there! Snuck back in during summer break about 10 years ago with my junior- and senior-year roommate (next door sophomore year) and roamed those halls which hold the memories of many parties, music, heartbreaks, happiness, spats, bunk beds, giant vanity cabinets, rush, and so much more.

Dianne Decker Bomar

Thanks so much for sharing these memories with us!

Caitlin Donnelly, Head of Public Services