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October 7, 2021: 

Throwback Thursday to Nov. 1965 when Cuban refugees Lazaro San Martin and his parents Jose and Eduvigis were reunited in Wichita-! Like many in Cuba, the teenager’s parents trusted “Operation Peter Pan” to bring their son to the U.S. in 1962. Returning the favor, Lazaro raised enough money in three years to resettle them here. Also a Newman University alum, San Martin received his Counseling and School Psychology Master of Education degree from Wichita State University in 1988. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Lazaro San Martin and parents

October 1, 2021: 

Flashback 51 years to Wichita State University's return to football after the tragic Oct. 2 plane crash. Pictured (L-R) are senior captains Bob Hayes, John Hoheisel and Don Pankratz making their way to the first coin toss of the “Second Season.” When the Shockers took the field that day against the Arkansas Razorbacks, over 40,000 Razorback fans gave a standing ovation of several minutes to their opponents. Hoheisel, on crutches, survived the crash. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Wichita State University's return to football after tragic plane crash

September 24, 2021: 

Flashback 90 years when Elisa “Elizabeth” Chacón (left) wore the highly coveted letter sweater of the Women’s Athletic Association. Among the first Latinas to graduate from Wichita State University, she earned the honor with good sportsmanship, physical fitness and love of athletics. Between 1928-1932, Chacón played on the baseball, volleyball and tenequiot teams. (Intercollegiate sports for women at WSU weren’t offered until the 1960s.) She was involved on the WAA’s cabinet, worked in the library, participated in YWCA, Spanish Club, International Club and Cosmopolitan Club, as well as wrote for the Wichita Eagle and El Estudiante - a Spanish language magazine. A 1932 Spanish major, the Shocker alumna taught the subject for decades in high schools, mainly in El Paso. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Elisa Chacon 1928-32

September 16, 2021: 

Throwback Thursday celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! In late 1952, Wichita North grad Bobby Argumedo (left) became the first person of Hispanic heritage to play basketball for the Shockers! Suiting up for three seasons, he was on the historic 1953-54 varsity team, the first Wichita State University team to play in a national, post-season tournament. While in New York City for the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) at Madison Square Garden, the team was on the “Talk of the Town” TV show hosted by Ed Sullivan! Argumedo joins teammates Melvin Carman and Gary Thompson in this 1953 photo. Involved in Air Force ROTC, Engineering Council, Student Forum Board and Alpha Gamma Gamma fraternity (now Beta Theta Pi), Argumedo graduated in 1957 with a degree in aerospace engineering. The Shocker alum retired as Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, and Intelligence and Threat Analysis manager, Boeing Military. Sadly, Argumedo died last Friday, Sept. 10, at age 87. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Bobby Argumendo 1952

September 10, 2021: 

A somber flashback to September 11, 2001 on the Wichita State University campus. Students, faculty, and staff gathered around TVs, quietly watching in disbelief as the horrific events unfolded - captured by The Sunflower. Students organized and held a candlelight vigil on the evening of Friday, Sept. 14, to pay their respects and to grieve. There, President Don Beggs expressed WSU’s collective concern for those in mourning, hope for the nation’s leaders, and gratitude for the freedoms, values and liberties of the United States. Campus observances marking the events were held in 2002, 2006 and 2011. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

WSU newspaper after September 11, 2001Candlelight vigil organized by WSU students

September 2, 2021: 

Throwback Thursday 92 years ago this Saturday when Fairmount Hall was destroyed by a fire. The original building on campus was undergoing remodeling at the time. Over the years, it housed classrooms, administrative offices, library, chapel, music and art studios, meeting rooms, auditorium and even a gymnasium in the basement. A casualty of the 1929 fire was a great deal of the university’s archives! Foundation stones and other rubble remained at the site for several years before eventual use in the George Washington Bicentennial Bridge constructed in 1932. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Fairmount Hall fire, 92 years ago

August 26, 2021: 

Throwback Thursday to 1989 when Wichita State University graphic design students, led by Professor Clark Britton, created elaborate paper replicas of Wichita’s vernacular residential architecture. The scale is “HO,” 1:87 or 3.5 mm to 1 foot, the world’s most popular scale of model railways! Graphic Design 239, a 3-D structures class, met in McKnight 113 during spring 1989. The class took research field trips to see firsthand and photograph the wide variety of house styles built in Wichita between 1870 and 1940. Students then constructed their own paper models. Several displays followed, including one at the Rhatigan Student Center in late 1989.  See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Paper replicas of Wichita's residential architecture

August 23, 2021: 

Flashback to the way we were! Looking east from Hillside, this 1948 map shows many familiar Wichita State University buildings: “Library” (now Morrison Hall), “Administration” (Jardine), “Science” (McKinley), Henrion and Fiske, all still in use today. Long gone are the Music Hall, Caretaker’s Residence, “Brig” and “Morrison Hall,” first built as a library and later used for art classes. Three columns from Morrison Hall 1.0 were moved to 17th and Fairmount entrance. Site of present Ahlberg Hall is “residential” where houses remained until early 1970s. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

1948 map of WSU buildings

August 13, 2021: 

This flashback celebrates this upcoming Monday, Aug. 16 when Wichita State University students spread their wings for a new semester! Ninety-four years ago on Aug. 16, 1927, three aircraft built in Wichita took off in the Dole Air Race, the first ever Pacific Ocean crossing attempted by civilian crews. The winner was Travel Air’s Woolaroc, flying from Oakland to Honolulu in 26 hours, 17 minutes and earning the grand prize of $25,000 -- nearly $400,000 today! Woolaroc is on display today in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Only two of the eight planes that started the race reached Honolulu, however. In all, ten lives were lost and six airplanes were lost or damaged beyond repair. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Aircraft built in Wichita for the Dole Air Race 1927

August 6, 2021: 

Flashback to 1928 when Wichita State University's first Olympians in track and field were teammates. Jim Bausch, back row, second from right, won gold in the 1932 Olympic decathlon, making him the “world’s greatest athlete” of the time. Harold Manning, front row, left, ran the 3000 meter steeplechase in the 1936 Games, placing fifth. Track team members who surely were cheering on their Shocker brethren were, back row, from left, Coach Clifford Gallagher, Floyd Carter, Wayne Pipkin, Earl Harness, Ray Gallagher, Glenn Moore and Lester Foust; front row, from left, Leslie Bosworth, Dwight Beaman, Herbert King and Kenneth Widney. Foust and King were the first African American Go Shockers athletes. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

WSU's first Olympians in track and field when they were teammates 1928

July 29, 2021: 

Throwback Thursday to the 1972 Munich Olympics featuring Wichita State University long jumper Preston Carrington representing the U.S.! In the qualifying rounds, he sailed to a career best 26’ 11.5”. The Shocker All-American’s amazing leap was over four times his height of six feet! The long jump finals were held after the horrific “Munich Massacre” by Palestinian terrorists in which 17 died, including 11 Israeli coaches and athletes. After a 34-hour suspension, the Games resumed. The finals were moved to a different long jump runway, forcing the participants into unfamiliar conditions. Unfortunately, Carrington dropped to fifth at 26’ 2.5” in the finals. Over fifty years later, the Topeka native’s marks as a Shocker athlete still rank on WSU's All-Time Top Ten in the long jump, triple jump and 110-meter high hurdles. He also was a two-year starter in basketball.  See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Preston Carrington at the Munich Olympics in 1972

July 22, 2021: 

Throwback Thursday 85 years to opening ceremony of controversial 1936 Olympics held in Berlin.

Photo 1: Esther Myers Wenzel’s ticket to “Eröffnungsfeier” is among material in the 1936 Olympics Collection recently processed, preserved and made available by Special Collection and University Archives.

Photo 2: WSU alumna Wenzel’s seat, marked with X on ticket back, offered close-up view of Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler and his entourage descending nearby stairs into huge stadium.

Photo 3: Wenzel’s photo from same vantage point during track event shows camera on rail at lower center likely recording for Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda film “Olympia.”

Wichita State University athletes competing at the Games were Harold Manning (steeplechase, 5th) who became friends with iconic Olympian Jesse Owens and basketball players Francis Johnson and Jack Ragland and their coach Gene Johnson who won gold on the US team which included Jewish teammate Sam Balter. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Esther Myers Wenzel's ticket to EroffnungsfeierWenzel's seat at the 1936 OlympicsWenzel's photo from her seat at the Olympics

July 21, 2021: 

Happy 151st birthday to our wonderful city!! Check out these photos of Wichita throughout the years! Images preserved and digitized by Special Collections & University Archives




Photo 1: Circa 1986, Fireworks - Fireworks over Arkansas River in downtown Wichita. View looking east toward crowd along east bank of river. Century II Convention Hall, Garvey Plaza, Kansas State Bank & Trust Company building and Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum in background. Partially completed Bob Brown Expo Hall adjoins Century II at right.

Photo 2: 1948 Interior view of De Luxe Barber Shop at 1209 East 9th Street showing employees and patrons. From left, Sullivan S. Starks is first barber, and owner Theo Sayers is third barber.

Photo 3: 1927, Seventeen men stand on wing of prototype model of Cessna cabin monoplane. Stunt was to demonstrate strength of airplane without wing struts. Photograph taken August 1927.

Photo 4: Early 1970s, WSU students on the east patio of the Campus Activities Center (Rhatigan Student Center) in early 1970s. Campus view looking northeast includes Clinton Hall and Neff Hall. WSU's campus was bisected by city streets at this time.

Photo 5: Circa 1900, “Mother” Noble driving in front of 1303 W. River Blvd.

Photo 6: Circa 1955, Orpheum - View looking northeast toward Orpheum Theater at corner of 1st and Broadway streets. Marquee advertises "King Kong" movie for kiddie matinee. Tilford Pharmacy at left.

Photo 7: Circa 1917 - Aerial view of downtown Wichita looking east, showing Island Park baseball stadium and Wonderland amusement park on Ackerman Island in Arkansas River.

Photo 8: Circa 1870, Wichita's Main Street in 1870, Looking North from Douglas Avenue

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Fireworks over Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, 1986De Luxe Barber Shop employees and patrons, 1948Seventeen men standing on wing of Cessna cabin monoplane, 1927WSU students on east patio of Campus Activities Center, 1970s"Mother" Noble driving, 1900Northeast view toward Orpheum Theater, 1955Aerial view of downtown Wichita, 1917Wichita's Main Street, 1870


July 15, 2021:  Synchronize your watches! Throwback Thursday to this 1952 snapshot of the Wichita State University sundial with President Harry Corbin, air science and tactics professor Lt. Col. Herbert Hartman (left), and air Wichita State ROTC captains Robert Goss and Joseph Cunningham. Their reactions of bemusement are most likely due to the missing gnomon, the sundial part that casts a shadow to denote time. The sundial was positioned on the grounds just outside the presidential offices then located in the southwest corner of the first floor of Jardine Hall. Today, it stands just to the east of Hubbard Hall. ❗️❗️ Fun fact: President Corbin was a freshman at WU when the sundial, a gift of the Class of 1934, was installed in late October 1934. Rededication ceremony for the sundial is next Monday 8/19 See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

WSU President Harry Corbin, Lt. Col. Herbert Hartman, and ROTC captains Robert Goss and Joseph Cunningham around sundial

July 8, 2021: Throwback Thursday to to past scenes of summer on campus. Images preserved and digitized by Special Collections & University Archives. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Summer on campus

July 1, 2021:  Throwback Thursday to 1996 when Wichita State University hosted "20/20 Futurism Symposium" to predict what the world would look like in 2020.  Among the prophetic insights: “To move forward applied learning with more opportunities for field-based learning” and “new vaccines for deadly viruses and diseases.” Video and other materials on 1996 symposium preserved and digitized by Special Collections and University Archives.  See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

20/20 Futurism Symposium hosted in 1996

July 1, 2021:  Throwback Thursday to 1996 when Wichita State University hosted "20/20 Futurism Symposium" to predict what the world would look like in 2020. See the 1996 wrap-up of findings at and the recent 2021 reaction to 1996 findings at! Among the prophetic insights: “To move forward applied learning with more opportunities for field-based learning” and “new vaccines for deadly viruses and diseases.” Video and other materials on 1996 symposium preserved and digitized by Special Collections and University Archives. See all of Special Collections’ Throwback Thursday posts from WSU's 125th year at original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

June 10, 2021: 

Throwback Thursday to when the ever-dynamic Karla Burns performed in “Carmen” for WSU’s “A Night at the Opera,” November 12, 1974. Publications, programs and photographs preserved by Special Collections and University Archives document Burns’ formative Wichita State University years. Cast in theater and opera productions galore at WSU including “Godspell,” “The American Dream,” and “The Music Man,” she gave a dramatic reading earlier in 1974 of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” with its author Maya Angelou in attendance. Innumerable songs, dance steps and lines later, the versatile Wichita native and Shocker alum went on to a successful international performance, recording, and teaching career. Burns was the first Black person in the world to win the Olivier Award, Britain’s most prestigious theatre honor. For many years, she toured the U.S. in “Hi-Hat Hattie,” in which she paid tribute to fellow Wichita native and award-winning actor Hattie McDaniel who was born in Wichita 126 years ago on this day. See original post at: Facebook Twitter

Karla Burns 1974


June 3, 2021:

Throwback Thursday to June 2, 1926, when a formal ceremony marked the transfer of Fairmount College to the City of Wichita- Government. Earlier in 1926, Wichita’s citizens voted to accept the college to create a municipal university, the first of its kind west of the Mississippi River. Fairmount persists on campus today – 95 years later – in our school colors, mascot, alma mater (same tune, revised verses) and in the name of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In the Municipal University of Wichita’s first year, enrollment increased by over 150, including African American students who were admitted for the first time in school history. Fairmount-era buildings and structures still with us in various forms are Fiske Hall, Henrion Hall, Morrison Library columns at 17th and Hillside, Fairmount Hall’s foundation stones in the George Washington Bicentennial Bridge near Charles Koch Arena, and the long sidewalk just north of the President’s Residence stretching eastward from Hillside toward Wilner Auditorium. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Program of Transfer of Fairmount College to the Municipal University of Wichita 1926


May 27, 2021:

Throwback Thursday to 100 years to the Wichita Protest’s coverage of the Tulsa Race Massacre. The rare newspaper, preserved and digitized by Special Collections, informs Wichita’s Black community about the horrific incident through news content and the poem, “A Voice from Flanders Fields” by African American poet Andy Razaf, after the well-known World War I poem “In Flanders Fields.” See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Newspaper from the Wichita coverage of the Tulsa Race Massacre 1911


May 20, 2021: Throwback Thursday to 1979 when Wichita State Softball was sliding into W's over Butler Grizzlies softball in the season opener. Games were the first-ever contests played by Butler, now a NJCAA powerhouse. Wichita State's historic 2021 season continues tomorrow. Go Shocks!! Photo preserved and digitized by Special Collections and University Archives. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Wichita State Softball's win over Butler Grizzlies 1979


May 13, 2021: Throwback Thursday to the first Ph.D. degree awarded by Wichita State University! On June 9, 1963, Goro Kamiyama made Wichita State history when he received a doctorate in logopedics. He is photographed with logopedics head Dr. Martin Palmer (left) and university marshal Dr. John Breazeale. Already a dentist and medical doctor in Tokyo, Kamiyama was a Fulbright Scholar who studied at the Institute of Logopedics, once part of Wichita State and is now Heartspring. Dr. Kamiyama’s aim, based on his own experience, was to help those who stutter. The Ph.D. in logopedics awarded was also the first of its kind in the U.S. The logopedics program is continued today at Wichita State by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Palmer’s papers are preserved by Special Collections and University Archives; 1963 commencement program digitized and described by Technical Services. See original post at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Goro Kamiyama 1963


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

Dr. Nathan Jackson Morrison


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

Document handwritten by Dr. Nathan J. Morrison 1896Typed document of the handwritten one above 1896



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

First Annual Environmental Folk Rock Festival 1970



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

WSU's student literary journal, Mikrokosmos 1958


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

Handbill soliciting donations for the Fairmount college Library 1896

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

April Fool Day edition of the Sunflower, 1919

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

"Canh Hoa Xuan" 1983

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

Women's intramural basketball during WWII

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

The original women of Wichita State in the freshman class of 1895-96

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

Dr. Dorothy Walters 1974

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

Gordon Parks' revision of his script for the 1971 film "Shaft"

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

De Luxe Barber Shop 1948

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 

Newspaper clipping from when George Washington Carver addressed WSU 1930

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 

Map of Kansas from 1868

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

First issue of The Sunflower from 1896

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

"Enchiridion ad Laurentium" by St. Augustine of Hippo

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

Joseph R. Biden, Jr. 1977

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 

WSU Women's Basketball coach Kathryn Bunnell and team in 1981

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

View looking north of Henrion

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
Frank and Dan Carney, and Bob Chisholm 1966

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

First international students at WSU

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

Dr. Melvin H. Snyder

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

Junior American Dental Hygienist Association from 1978

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

Display at Ablah library encouraging students to vote, 1976

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

Eldon Sloan, Robert Schrader, and Dr. John Breazeale 1968
Shovel used for groundbreaking for Clinton Hall

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

WSU homecoming parade, 1982

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

"New Student Union Building" drawing, 1935, and "Auditorium and Commons Building" 1936

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

Lowered flags at WSU following football team plane crash

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 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

Group photo of Fairmount College's Student Army Training Corps

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 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

October 13, 2021: What's the coolest artifact in the Archives? Ours has to be a piece of the Hindenburg!!! Yup, that Hindenburg!! See original post at: Twitter 

October 13, 2021: What is one of your most used collections? We've got a few, but over the last year as we celebrated our 125th anniversary the University Archives were pretty popular! See original post at: Twitter 

October 13, 2021: What's one of your favorite items in Special Collections? Ours? Braille Playboy!!! See original post at: Twitter 

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