Welcome (back) to campus!

From the Archivist: Occasional posts related to University history

By Erin George

With the beginning of September, the start of the fall semester at the University of Minnesota brings the campus to life. This fall should be especially lively on the Twin Cities campus with the University welcoming its largest freshman class since 1970, celebrating the re-opening of the Tate Laboratory of Physics, and seeing the final stages of construction for the new Bell Museum of Natural History.

Whether you are an undergrad, grad student, or faculty or staff member, the fall semester offers a time to discover, and even re-discover, the Twin Cities campus.

Spaces on campus, as well as ways of getting around campus, are well documented in the photograph collections of the University of Minnesota Archives. We’re sharing a few of those images and wishing everyone at the University of Minnesota a successful and engaging fall semester!

Intercampus Streetcar turnaround at 15th and Pillsbury, 1952. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/80922.
Intercampus Streetcar turnaround at 15th and Pillsbury, 1952. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/80922.
Coffman Memorial Union patio, 1964. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/81291.
Coffman Memorial Union patio, 1964. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/81291.
Washington Avenue Bridge (looking toward West Bank), 1971. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/226563.
Washington Avenue Bridge (looking toward West Bank), 1971. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/226563.
Greenhouse on the St. Paul Campus, 1915. In case you need a flower fix as summer turns to fall, visit the Department of Horticulture Display and Trial Garden.
Greenhouse on the St. Paul Campus, 1915. In case you need a flower fix as summer turns to fall, visit the Department of Horticulture Display and Trial Garden.
Dinkytown bus stop, 1970. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/80980.
Dinkytown bus stop, 1970. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/80980.
Memorial Stadium Processional Arch, circa 1928. Available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/574. Memorial Stadium was razed in 1992, but the Processional Arch lives on in McNamara Alumni Center.
Memorial Stadium Processional Arch, circa 1928. Available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/574. Memorial Stadium was razed in 1992, but the Processional Arch lives on in McNamara Alumni Center.
(Relatively quiet) Northrop Mall, 1948.
(Relatively quiet) Northrop Mall, 1948.
St. Paul Student Center, circa 1960. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/227686.
St. Paul Student Center, circa 1960. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/227686.
Bicycles on campus, 1972. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/71639.
Bicycles on campus, 1972. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/71639.

 

 

 

 

 

Erin George is the University Archives Research Services Archivist. To learn more about the University of Minnesota Archives, please visit www.lib.umn.edu/uarchives.

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