University History

May 26, 2020
Where active concern becomes concerned action
By Melissa Mead
In 1921, 3-year-old Naomi Hooker and her family were targets of the Tulsa race massacre. While her older sister Olivia Hooker is credited as the first African-American woman to earn a PhD (1962) at the University of Rochester, Naomi Hooker Chamberlain is believed to be the first African-American woman on the University of Rochester faculty.
Posted in:
Continue reading →
Feb 14, 2020
"Who were my deaf predecessors?"
By Melissa Mead
Corinna Hill, PhD student in our department of history, sent in a newspaper clipping from 1921 that described six deaf students who attended the University at the same time.
Posted in:
Continue reading →
Nov 12, 2019
Azariah Boody: Our Dandelion Fellow
By Melissa Mead
Azariah Boody (1815-1885) is remembered (when we remember him) for donating the land for the University’s first campus. But without him, there would be no dandelions, no Yellowjackets, no Dandelion Yellow, no Dandelion Day, no D’Lions...
Posted in:
Continue reading →
Aug 19, 2019
Shedding Light on the University Mace, in Review
By Melissa Mead
No Inauguration or Commencement would be complete without the presence of this symbol of the President's authority. But the company that created the Mace did significant other work for the University that we see every day on the River Campus.
Posted in:
Continue reading →
Feb 1, 2019
The University Portfolio, in Review
By Melissa Mead
The recent transfer to the University Archives of a group of 19th and early 20th century stocks and bonds sheds light on the University's early investment decisions and the generosity of its donors.
Posted in:
Continue reading →
Aug 6, 2018
The Eastman Theatre Library, in Review
By Melissa Mead
How does a library just vanish? Supplemental information for the Ask the Archivist column in the July-August issue of Rochester Review
Posted in:
Continue reading →
Jun 29, 2018
Harlan Ellison's A Boy and His Dog: A Matter for Debate
By Melissa Mead
When the UR Cinema Group presented the film version of Harlan Ellison's "A Boy and His Dog" on January 28, 1977, it began an almost semester-long debate about sexism and freedom of speech, culminating in a campus visit by Ellison to debate the UR students.
Posted in:
Continue reading →
Jun 14, 2018
Baseball and Frank Zappa, in Review
By Melissa Mead
A recent "Ask the Archivist" column posed questions about the early history of baseball at the University, and Zappa's performances in Rochester -- a reader calls "foul!"
Posted in:
Continue reading →
Dec 26, 2017
University Charter Day: January 31
By Melissa Mead
A new tradition to celebrate our founding documents
Posted in:
Continue reading →
Sep 8, 2017
The Rochester Hello
By Melissa Mead
Perhaps the most appropriate way to begin a blog and a new academic year is by highlighting one of our oldest and best traditions...
Posted in:
Continue reading →