RBSCP Blog: History/Archives

May 1, 2021You Can Hear It Now
by Melissa Mead
What do Winston Churchill, Edward R. Murrow, Muhammad Ali, and Barbara Jordan have in common? They all spoke to audiences at the University. Were you there?
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Apr 3, 2021ExhiBit Series #3: It's Earlier Than You Think -- Women at the University of Rochester, 1875-1925
by Melissa Mead
1900 is the year that women were formally admitted as undergraduates to the University of Rochester, but their influence on the institution can be traced to our founding in 1850.
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Dec 29, 2020US Presidents at the UR
by Melissa Mead
With the inauguration of president-elect Joseph Biden on January 20, 2021, the University of Rochester can count eight former or future presidents, and many more candidates for that highest office, among VIP visitors to campus.
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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 the first African-American woman to enlist and serve in active duty in the Coast Guard, 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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