University History

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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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!"
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Dec 26, 2017
University Charter Day: January 31
By Melissa Mead
A new tradition to celebrate our founding documents
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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...
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Sep 7, 2017
I Studied Abroad at Rochester
By Melissa Mead
International students have been an integral part of the University of Rochester from its earliest days--a new exhibition celebrates their contributions
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