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May 6, 2021: On this Throwback Thursday, we highlight Dr. Nathan Jackson Morrison, the first president of Wichita State University, then known as Fairmount College, while welcoming our new president, Dr. Richard Muma! Morrison, a scholar and minister of national renown, dedicated his life to educating young people, having previously served as president of Drury and Olivet colleges. He closed his formal acceptance of our presidency with “So I am with you, heart and soul, in your great emprise.” Letters preserved by Special Collections and University Archives; digitized and described by Technical Services of Wichita State University Libraries. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

 


April 29, 2021: Throwback Thursday on preservation week to April 29, 1896, when WSU amended its state charter by officially changing its name from “Fairmount Institute” to “Fairmount College.” The handwritten document of the charter’s provisions was drafted by Dr. Nathan J. Morrison, our first president, and the resulting typewritten document both are preserved in Special Collections and University Archives and made accessible online. The documents have survived 125 years -- through destructive fires, questionable handling, fluctuating environments and 14 presidential administrations -- because WSU deemed them worthy of saving. They are living their best lives in protective archival folders and enclosures in the controlled temperature and humidity of Special Collections’ vault. Learn why Preservation Week – literally, every week in Special Collections! See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

 


 

April 22, 2021: Throwback Thursday to 51 years to the first Earth Day! Wichita State joined in the nationwide environmental movement with teach-ins, recycling, film showings, a folk rock festival and more. Ironically, the concert, held on Wilner Hall’s south lawn, was shut down early due to complaints of noise pollution. Digitized Sunflower for April 17, 1970, in institutional repository SOAR. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

 


 

April 16, 2021: Flashback to March 21, 1958, when all 300 copies of the debut issue of WSU's student literary journal, Mikrokosmos, were snapped up in less than an hour! The 28 pages in the first issue offered readers “the whatever” in the form of poems, short stories and art by students. The brave Beat-era endeavor was sponsored by the English and art departments. The journal persists today and currently is edited and published by WSU’s MFA program. Past contributors include WSU students, faculty and staff, local artists and writers, and literary luminaries like William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg, William Stafford, and former student Michael McClure. Its name comes from the Greek word for “little world in itself.” See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

 


April 8, 2021: Throwback Thursday to 1896 when librarian Paul Roulet issued this handbill soliciting donations for the Fairmount College library, the predecessor of Wichita State University. This action was instrumental in laying the Libraries' foundation. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


April 1, 2021: Throwback Thursday to ApRiL fOol DaY over the years! Starting way back in 1909, the Sunflower published zany April Fool editions chock full of inside jokes, punny headlines, satire and good ol’ college humor. The 1919 edition even includes an article claiming President Rollins was suing his wife for divorce! Sunflowers preserved by Special Collections and University Archives; available online in digital collectionsSee original post at: Twitter Instagram


March 25, 2021: Throwback Thursday to 1983 when the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) published its third special issue marking the arrival of spring based on the lunar calendar. This beautiful illustration titled “Cánh Hoa Xuân” shows a woman holding spring flowers at Wichita State University. Jardine Hall, Morrison Hall, Grace Memorial Chapel, and Cessna Stadium form the backdrop. For 43 years, VSA has been bringing awareness to Vietnamese culture and promoting diversity on campus. Original copies of the yearbooks titled Tương lai (Future) are preserved by Special Collections and University Archives. See original post at: Twitter Instagram


March 18, 2021: Throwback Thursday to World War II when women’s intramural basketball was a hot ticket on campus. Lane violations aside, these women were ready to play! Due to wartime restrictions, the University suspended all intercollegiate athletics for the 1943-1944 season. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


March 11, 2021: Throwback Thursday to the original women of Wichita State! Since our University's first day, women have been on campus as students, faculty, and staff members. In the first freshman class of 1895-96, women students outnumbered men seven to six! Among the first women faculty members was Flora Colby Clough who arrived in Wichita our second year, 1896-97, and retired in 1931 after 35 years as professor of English literature and 25 years as Dean of Women. Read Clough’s letter of application in the Fairmount College Correspondence Collection, part of University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. Clough and Dean W. H. Isely flank President Nathan J. Morrison in this photo circa 1900 also from Special Collections and University Archives. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


March 4, 2021: Throwback Thursday 50 years when English professor Dr. Dorothy Walters taught the first woman-centric courses at Wichita State University - "Woman as Writer" and "Writing by Women" in 1971! From these courses came the current Center for Women's Studies, among the oldest such departments in the U.S. More on the department's origins from The Sunflower published in 1974. Photo from Special Collections & University Archives online. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


February 25, 2021: Throwback Thursday to 50 years when native Kansan Gordon Parks fine-tuned the script for his groundbreaking 1971 film “Shaft." A funky revision is shown here in Park's handwriting. More in the Gordon Parks collection from Special Collections & University Archives. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


February 18, 2021: This Throwback Thursday we salute Wichita’s African Americans who established businesses like the De Luxe Barber Shop, 1209 E. 9th, as shown here in 1948 from the Wichita Photo Archives. Wichita State's Dr. Robert E. Weems Jr. speaks this evening on Black capitalism in the WSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion lecture series See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


February 11, 2021: Today's Throwback Thursday honors the late Wichita State University alum Prince McJunkins. This 1983 Parnassus photo shows Shocker quarterback McJunkins during his favorite gridiron memory quoted by the Wichita Eagle - upsetting rival KU 13-10 in 1982. McJunkins threw the winning touchdown in that game en route to leading the Shockers to an 8-3 season. The Oklahoma native also became the first player in NCAA history to eclipse the career 4,000-yard passing and 2,000-yard rushing mark. See original post at: Facebook Twitter 

 


February 5, 2021: Throwback Thursday to Feb. 5, 1930, when eminent scientist George Washington Carver addressed our University in the Henrion Gym Auditorium. Carver, a personal friend of then University of Wichita President Harold Foght, spent three days in the City of Wichita, speaking at Wichita Public Schools East High, the newly opened North High, Friends University and WU. Newspapers, including The Sunflower, reported thousands heard him tell of his life (including his teens and twenties spent in Kansas), his advances in crop science at Tuskegee Institute and the myriad uses he discovered for peanuts, sweet potatoes, and pecans. This 91-year-old archive found at Special Collections & University Archives. See original post at: Facebook Twitter 


January 29, 2021: How far we have come!! Happy Kansas Day and 160th to the 34th state to be admitted to the Union. Special Collections has digitized maps dating back to 1556 showing our state's amazing evolution (including this one from 1868)! See original post at: Facebook Twitter 


January 28, 2021: On this Throwback Thursday we celebrate 125 years of The Sunflower, our independently run student newspaper. The first issue in Jan. 1896 quoted Shakespeare: “To thine own self be true." Covering academics to fashion to sports to war, The Sunflower has been – and still is – documenting our university. WSU Libraries has preserved all 125 years of the Sunflower!  See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


January 21, 2021: Throwback Thursday to the 11th Century! Special Collections has a copy of "Enchiridion ad Laurentium" by medieval philosopher St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) who was quoted by POTUS in his Inauguration address. Latin text on vellum leaf features elaborately decorative capital D. Rare book in Special Collections from Wichitan Robert T. Aitchison  See original post at: Twitter Instagram


January 20, 2021: On this Inauguration day, Special Collections & University Archives shares the work of Wichitan Louise Durbin - author of "Inaugural Cavalcade" covering the first 36 U.S. Presidential Inaugurations and writer for the D.C. documentary "Inaugural Souvenir."  See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


January 14, 2021: Throwback Thursday to Nov. 1, 1977, when then first-term U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., spoke at the CAC Theater on Wichita State University campus. At age 34, Biden gave a speech titled “The Senate and the Carter Administration” as part of the Eisenhower Lecture Series. Now 78, Biden is set to be inaugurated as President of the United States on Inauguration Day Wednesday, Jan. 20. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


December 17, 2020: Throwback Thursday to the successful Wichita State Women's Basketball season of 1980-81. Coach Kathryn Bunnell and the team put together a then school record W's en route to a 20-11 campaign. Ranked in AIAW’s Top 30 to start the season, the Shockers set records for most points (114), most rebounds (82), most made field goals made (49) and largest attendance (4354). See original post at: Facebook Twitter 


December 10, 2020: Happy 100th to Henrion for Throwback Thursday! The “men’s gymnasium” facing Fairmount Street went up a century ago as a memorial to Wichita State University students - men and women - who gave their lives for country in World War I (The adjoining east-west “women’s gymnasium” and stadium were added in the late 1920s). It’s has been home to ceramics and sculpture classes, ROTC drills, “varsity” dances, basketball games and physical education workouts. The building is named for civic leader and contractor Walter Henrion. View looking north. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


December 7, 2020: Today marks Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the 79th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks that launched U.S. involvement in WWII. From Special Collections, headlines from that infamous day. See original post at: Facebook Twitter 
 


December 4, 2020: For Throwback Thursday we celebrate the legacy of Wichita State University alum Frank Carney. He and his brother Dan founded Pizza Hut and guided it to one of the world's largest food franchises. This 1966 photo shows the brothers along with Bob Chisholm making the company's 14 millionth pizza. Frank died earlier this week at 82. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


November 19, 2020: Throwback Thursday to 93 years ago when international students were first welcomed to Wichita State University! President Dr. Harold Waldstein Foght, native of Norway, recruited international students, including first international grads Evelyn Hinton (Canada) and Eugene Prostov (Russia) - both pictured. Foght also helped organize a club for international students and faculty. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


November 12, 2020: Throwback Thursday honoring the legacy of Dr. Melvin H. Snyder: United States Air Force major, veteran, alumnus and longtime professor and chair of WSU’s department of aeronautical engineering, now aerospace engineering. During World War II, he served as an aircraft engineering officer for the P-47 Thunderbolt pursuit aircraft and was involved in several pivotal European campaigns. He was awarded France’s Croix de Guerre in 1956 and ended his military career as a major. In 1947, Snyder came to Wichita State University to teach and pursue graduate studies; he retired 50 years later! Special Collections and University Archives holds the personal recollections of this influential professor about the Wichita State University College of Engineering's history. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


November 5, 2020: FIRST ROW, FAR RIGHT: On this Throwback Thursday we celebrate the 50th year of the Wichita State University Health Professions and a remarkable WSU First-Gen Student Organization student of the college! Not only was Junetta French Everett a First Gen Shocker, she was the first African American dental hygienist to graduate from the CHP program and the first African American dental hygienist in Kansas. In an interview with the Wichita Eagle, she said she wanted “to make sure I’m not the last” so she and her husband created a scholarship with the Wichita State University Foundation. Now a Delta Dental executive, she is the current chair of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, the first African American in the post. Photograph of WSU chapter of Junior American Dental Hygienist Association from 1978 Parnassus yearbook accessible online via WSU Libraries’ SOAR. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


October 29, 2020: Some hiney humor on this Throwback Thursday! During the 1976 election University Libraries encouraged students to vote with a witty display on the second floor of Ablah. That year included Dan Glickman ousting incumbent Garner Shriver as the state's rep in the Fourth District. Jimmy Carter narrowly won the presidency over Gerald Ford, whose running mate was Kansan Bob Dole. Special Collections has candidate papers on Glickman and Shriver. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


October 22, 2020: As Wichita State University and W. Frank Barton School of Business (Wichita State University) break ground on the new Wayne and Kay Woolsey Hall, we will Throwback Thursday to Sept. 4, 1968 – the groundbreaking for Clinton Hall, longtime home of the school. The unique shovel used by Eldon Sloan, Robert Schrader, and Dr. John Breazeale (center) resides in University Archives inside University Libraries. See original post at: Facebook Twitter  Instagram



October 15, 2020: Throwback Thursday to homecomings past brimming with football, parades, queens, “varsities” and concerts. In the 1982 parade, the Delta Upsilon space shuttle with copilot WuShock released balloons to impress the crowd outside Cessna Stadium. More about our homecomings going back to 1924.  See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


October 8, 2020: #TBT to October 1935 when the first drawing of the “New Student Union Building” appeared in The Sunflower and other Wichita newspapers. A year later, the “Auditorium and Commons Building” was completed, constructed on the site of old Fairmount Hall which was destroyed by fire in 1929. The building later was renamed to honor George Wilner, longtime head of speech and theater at Fairmount College and the University of Wichita. Today, it houses Wichita State University School of Performing Arts. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


October 1, 2020: Throwback Thursday to a somber time in our history. When news of the tragic football team plane crash reached campus, WSU lowered the flags in front of Morrison Hall to mourn those who died. More on the 1970 season and crash See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


September 24, 2020: Throwback Thursday to a group photo taken in the midst of the 1918 flu epidemic! Fairmount College’s Student Army Training Corps (SATC) assembled on December 3, 1918, near the unit’s barracks in Fiske Hall and two temporary wooden structures. Panoramic 43 x 8 inch photo at bit.ly/3iXY0Wp also shows temporary mess hall and cooks at far left, Fairmount Hall (near present site of Wilner Hall) in background, band and man in Navy uniform at far right, and Fairmount College president Walter Rollins, front row center. In early 1918, the US War Department created SATC as a national program to accelerate training of soldiers who simultaneously would take college courses and prepare for war. Fairmount’s SATC unit formed in Oct. 1918 and disbanded two months later. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


September 17, 2020: Throwback Thursday to 1935-36 when Erna Prather Harris (front row, second from left) was the editor of our student newspaper, The Sunflower. She became the first African American to write for and hold positions with the paper, and later the first African American woman to earn a journalism degree from Wichita State. Her life was one of many firsts, including being the first African American, first woman and first freshman to earn an award for journalism. Other firsts in Harris’ career: She started her own newspaper and she built her own car. See original post at: Facebook Instagram

Erna Prather Harris


September 10, 2020: Talk about old-school cool! Throwback Thursday to September 11, 1895, our university’s inaugural day of classes. Meet the first freshmen - seven women and six men whose average age was 20 (youngest 16, oldest 24). Twelve of the thirteen were first generation students! Plus eight of the thirteen were our first graduates. They are pictured here among Fairmount Academy students on the west-facing steps of the only building on campus at the time, Fairmount Hall. Front row, left to right, are faculty members A. W. Sickner (with bicycle), George Chase, Paul Roulet, President Nathan J. Morrison, Della Smoke, Dean W. H. Isely, and possibly Jennie McClung. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Fairmount Hall 1895


September 3, 2020: A great Throwback Thursday for Hispanic Heritage Month looking at 1973’s “Chicano Cultural Week” organized by Shocker student group Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MECHA). U.S. Sen. Joseph Montoya (D-New Mexico), is shown with students during the week. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Students 1973


August 27, 2020: Throwback Thursday to 1974 when political activist Angela Davis spoke to a crowd of 500 at WSU’s Duerksen Fine Arts Center amphitheater. She represented the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression as its co-chair. At the time of her appearance, the “Leavenworth Brothers” were on trial in Wichita for allegedly inciting a riot in 1973 at the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Angela Davis 1974


August 20, 2020: Throwback Thursday to Sept. 1895 when the first college classes on our campus took place in Fairmount Hall, located just northeast of 17th and Hillside. It housed the college in its entirety – library, classrooms, labs, art studio, chapel, administrative offices, and a porte-cochere (covered drive-through pictured) for those coming by horse and carriage. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Fairmount Hall 1895


August 13, 2020: Throwback Thursday to the first decade of Wichita State's student newspaper, The Sunflower. Artistic covers were the norm, including this September 1900 illustration by Edmund L. Davison welcoming students back to campus with the proviso that the Sunflower “will be published every little while.” See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Sunflower Cover 1900
 


August 6, 2020: The '70s were a different time. Throwback Thursday to when there was little need for social distancing at fall registration. So many Shockers were signing up, concession stands at the Roundhouse were used to keep things moving. Stay safe Shocker Nation! See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Roundhouse 1970s


July 30, 2020: Amazing Throwback Thursday to when Grace Wilkie (denoted) helped organize a Red Cross chapter at Fairmount College. The chapter was established to carry on the work begun during the 1918 flu pandemic. Grace Wilkie Hall stands today in honor of her service to the university from 1912-1953 as home economics professor and dean of women. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Nurses 1918


July 16, 2020: Throwback Thursday to an aerial campus view from 1965 - the first as Wichita State University. Facilities - and parking lots - were filled beyond capacity with 9,300 enrolled students - a 2,500 increase from the year prior. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Campus 1965


July 9, 2020: Throwback Thursday to 1926 when Wichita’s citizens voted to accept the proposed gift of Fairmount College and transform it into a municipal university, the first of its kind west of the Mississippi River. Wichita helped shape and support the University of Wichita for 38 years. WU became WSU in 1964, and the connection between the city and the university remains strong and deep. Campus buildings shown in the Ben Hammond cartoon still with us (in various forms) include Fiske Hall, Holyoke Cottage, Morrison Library (columns at 17th and Fairmount) and Fairmount Hall (stones in the George Washington Bicentennial Bridge near Charles Koch Arena). See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Campus 1964


July 3, 2020: Throwback Thursday to 1900 when Fairmount College President Nathan J. Morrison penned the school's history describing its moral and healthful environment, the quality of instruction and students, and the city’s support to make it a “Wichita Institution. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Morrison notes 1900

June 25, 2020: Throwback Thursday to June 1964 for the dedication of the iconic Corbin Education Center designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Open skylights and light needles cap the center’s two buildings, of which extensive records can be found in Special Collections. See original post at: Facebook Twitter 

Corbin Education Center 1964


June 18, 2020: Throwback Thursday to a historic Shocker! Doris Kerr Larkins, a WU music student in the 1950s, later organized Wichita’s first Juneteenth celebration. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Doris Kerr Larkins


June 11, 2020: Throwback Thursday to 1969. History is a powerful thing! WSU and Wichita African-American publications in Special Collections and University Archives relate to current racial social issues on our campus and beyond. See original post at: Facebook Twitter 

Newspaper


June 4, 2020: Among the 74 University of Wichita graduates on June 5, 1928, were John Wesley Hayes and Lotta Hayes, the first African Americans to graduate from our university. They also were non-traditional students in terms of age, both in their mid-30s, over a decade older than their classmates. [Correction, 4-20-2021: They both were 46, over two decades older than their classmates!] In 1932, they each earned master’s degrees in religious education from WU, becoming the first African Americans and the first married couple to do so. They led Wichita’s historic Calvary Baptist Church for 38 years (1921-1959). See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Students 1928


May 28, 2020: Throwback Thursday to "Science Hall" 1929. Three floors of the hall provided space for the sciences and the fourth floor housed the first wind tunnel on campus. In 1964, the building was renamed for Dr. Lloyd McKinley, longtime chemistry professor. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

McKinley Hall


May 7, 2020: Snakes alive! The discovery of Chilabothrus granti entwines with WSU for our #TBT. Chapman Grant, military science professor and grandson of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, left our school 90 years ago this month to study reptiles in the Caribbean. His expedition there is credited with discovering 15 previously unclassified species, two of which are named for him. While at the University of Wichita, this man of many talents led the ROTC program, served as Kansas Audubon Society president, established a school museum and acted in plays. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Snake


April 30, 2020: Today marks the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the National Institute of Aviation Research. It was built for $7 million during WSU President Warren Armstrong's tenure with contributions from Beech and Boeing aircraft companies. US Rep. Dan Glickman was keynote speaker along with FAA chief James Busey who said WSU will "carry on the tradition of the Wright Brothers." See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

NIAR Building


April 16, 2020: With Cessna Stadium's forthcoming razing to make way for new facilities in the news, let's take a Throwback Thursday lookback at a bright spot for the 74-year-old complex. On Oct. 1, 2006, Cessna Stadium hosted The Rolling Stones in front of more than 30,000 fans. It marked the largest concert in Wichita's history, and the first show by The Stones in Kansas. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Cessna Stadium


April 9, 2020: Throwback Thursday to this early 1900s promotional design of Fairmount Hall. This art was by the first chair of the art department Elizabeth Sprague. She came to Fairmount College in 1901. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Fairmount College Sign


April 2, 2020: Throwback Thursday to when President Dr. Nathan J. Morrison was working from home in the pre-technology era. Morrison came out of retirement at 67 to head Fairmount College (now WSU) from its 1895 beginnings to his death in 1907. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Morrison


March 19, 2020: Our Throwback Thursday sounds a more lighthearted note this week. While it may not be official social distancing, this 1911 photo shows Fairmount College students Wilson Brown and Bess Rose a safe distance apart. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Students


February 27, 2020: Retro fashion, retro tech, Retro WSU on National Retro Day. We feature secretarial training student Connie Rosenbloom, and a pair of Shockers in the CAC (now the Rhatigan Student Center) circa 1968. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

RSC 1970 


February 20, 2020: This year the Delta Mu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha celebrates 70 years on campus. Installed March 25, 1950, it was the first national fraternity organized at Wichita State. Pictured in this Throwback Thursday photo includes then chapter president Richard Cary (kneeling lower right) and sponsor Dr. Clair Hannum (center), associate professor of zoology. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Students


February 13, 2020: Throwback Thursday to Walton and Van Ray Morgan in 1962. WSU grad Walton taught music in Wichita schools for 34 years. Van Ray was the first African-American office employee at Beech Aircraft Company, and ran a local modeling and charm school. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Couple


February 6, 2020: Throwback Thursday to Homecoming 1954! Pictured are Homecoming royalty – basketball star Cleo Littleton, chosen as “Jack Armstrong,” and “Wheaties Sweetie” Jeannine Crowdus. Littleton scored 19 points in the Feb. 27 Shocker win. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Students


January 30, 2020: Super Bowl Sunday is almost here! For Throwback Thursday we'll revisit two-time Super Bowl winner Bill Parcells. The HOF coach spent his college days on the Wichita State gridiron, and was a coach for the Shockers in 1965. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Bill Parcell


January 23, 2020: Cold weather got you in ski mode? For Throwback Thursday we revisit Shocker Mountain, an artificial ski slope created using the west ramps of Cessna Stadium. DuraSnow, an artificial surface made of slick plastic bristles, was used to simulate snow even in hot weather during the year-round program. WSU's ski program ran from 1977-1986. Photo circa 1980. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Cessna Stadium


January 16, 2020: Spring semester is almost here, so we're taking a look back when Roundhouse registration was the norm. This Throwback Thursday photo circa 1968-69 shows sign-up in Henry Levitt Arena (now Charles Koch Arena). See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Koch Arena 1968


January 9, 2020: Ready for the snow? These Fairmount College frolickers were in a #tbt photo circa ~ 1900. This photo shows a view looking north toward Fairmount Hall from the front yard of Holyoke Cottage (a residence still standing at 16th and Holyoke). The coeds pictured are likely residents of Holyoke, which was built by Rev. J.H. Parker – a founder of Fairmount College. Holyoke eventually served as a women’s dormitory for the institution. See original post at: Facebook Twitter


November 13, 2019: I am in my appointment in Wichita State University Libraries, Special Collections. With the College of Health Professions 50th Year Anniversary coming up in 2020 I am beyond excited to learn about the history of College of Health Professions. I am starting with reading a chapter in Craig Miner’s “Uncloistered Halls” See original post at: Twitter


November 8, 2019: We enjoyed having Wichita State University Criminal Justice professor Dr. Michael Birzer and O.W. Wilson’s grandson Matthew Wilson speak today in Special Collections in honor of the new O.W. Wilson collection. Make sure to stop by to see it! See original post at: Twitter


October 4, 2019: Where can you find rare and unique books on Wichita and Kansas history, the U.S. Civil War, abolition, the history of printing, Mesmerism and hypnotism, and aviation in Ablah Library? In Special Collections on the lower level! See original post at: Facebook Twitter


August 22, 2019: Kicking off the new semester with a bang! Thirty-four students in Dr. Katie Lanning’s World Lit class got up close and personal with materials in Special Collections.See original post at: Facebook Twitter


August 20, 2019: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Gordon Parks’ The Learning Tree, Special Collections put together an exhibit!.See original post at: Facebook Twitter


July 24, 2019: In honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, check out this excerpt from an Apollo 11 logbook we have in Special Collections! In the picture is an announcement of the space capsule splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. See original post at: Facebook Twitter


July 16, 2019: In honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, check out this excerpt from a logbook compiled by Apollo 11 recovery coordinators that we have in Special Collections! On this day, liftoff was at 1:32 pm, noted as "L.O.". See original post at: Facebook Twitter


July 10, 2019: Don't forget to stop by Special Collections in Ablah Library today for a discussion with Dr. Jones! See original post at: Facebook Twitter


October 7, 2020: What are the oldest items in your collection? Our oldest items include some papyrus samples from 300BC and some Japanese prayer scrolls from around 900AD! See original post at: Facebook Twitter 


October 7, 2020: Why can't we just browse the archives like the regular stacks? 2 main reasons: 1. Archives aren't usually arranged by subject like the stacks so browsing probably won't be helpful. 2. Everything looks the same!! See original post at: Facebook Twitter


October 7, 2020: How do you get materials into your digital collections? We've got several scanners in our archive that are meant for different materials - from photo negatives, to oversize maps, to 3D artifacts. Sometimes we need to outsource our materials, too. See original post at: Facebook Twitter


October 7, 2020: What's the most unexpected item in your collections? Ours is James Barr Fugate's, an author and activist in the gay rights movement, glass eye! See original post at: Facebook Twitter


October 7, 2020: Who has access to your materials? In person research is restricted to WSU faculty, students, and staff. We're working our hardest to reach those of you not able to come to campus - zoom sessions, phone consultations, and scanning! See original post at: Facebook Twitter

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