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January Digital Collection Spotlight: Utah State University Historical Phot

January Digital Collection Spotlight: Utah State University Historical Photo Collection

This digital collection presents a century’s worth of images from Utah State University’s past (1880s-1980s). The images depict the changing faces and landscape on campus, from the university’s early years when women’s gym classes and military cadet formations took place inside Old Main's auditorium (1890s), to 1906 when football scrimmages were held on Old Main's front lawn, to the 1920s when the campus housed a poultry yard and hosted milking contests, to the 1960s’ student bathtub races, and up through the 1980s when the University Inn was built. Teachers, students, activities, clubs, athletics, ceremonies, buildings, and more are featured in over 2,500 digitized images of photographs collected by a former director of the Library's Special Collections and Archives, A. J. Simmonds. He used many of these photographs in his book published in 1988, Pictures Past: A Centennial Celebration of Utah State University. Complete information on the collection can be found in the finding aid.