RBSCP Blog: History/Archives

May 26, 2020Where 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.
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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.
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Nov 12, 2019Azariah 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...
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Aug 19, 2019Shedding 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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Jun 10, 2019Born on this day: David Jayne Hill
by Melissa Mead
David Jayne Hill was born in the same year as the University of Rochester, 1850, and would become its second president in 1889.
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May 22, 2019Taking the Prize for Student Life Contributions
by Melissa Mead
A question from Dean of Students Matthew Burns in the Spring 2019 issue of Rochester Review asked for the history of the Seth H. and Harriet Sprague Terry Prize, our earliest prize established to honor contributions to student life.
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Feb 1, 2019The 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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Nov 4, 2018Pranks-giving, in Review
by Melissa Mead
From ping-pong balls to bubble machines, pranks have long been a part of University of Rochester student life. Read more about them (but don't try any, please)...
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Aug 6, 2018The 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, 2018Harlan 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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