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The Campus Rostrum

The century-old rock has a colorful and mysterious past.

Remembering Carlson Hall

The first residence hall on the U campus is gone, but not forgotten.

Freight wagons carry dinosaur fossils down Salt Lake City's Main Street in 1924, on their way to the University of Utah. (Photo courtesy Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah)

Dinosaur Caravan

A trove of fossils packed onto wagons created a stir as it made its way to the U.

Photo courtesy Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

Planting the Future

Walter P. Cottam brought trees to the U campus and conservation into the national spotlight.

University of Utah professor Thomas G. Stockham, Jr., developed methods for digital audio recording and playback. (Photo courtesy Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah)

Pioneer in Sound

The late University of Utah professor Thomas Stockham is known as the father of digital audio recording.

University of Utah students in 1907 build the first concrete Block U. (Photo courtesy Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah)

A Monumental Tradition

The Block U of the University of Utah is said to be not only the first such symbol placed on a hillside by a university, but one of the largest. It has its origins in a class competition. In April 1905, the sophomore class at the University laid out and painted a giant “07” on…

This painting by an unknown artist is adapted from an 1864 photo of then Camp Douglas. The Army post is now celebrating its 150th anniversary. (Painting courtesy Fort Douglas Military Museum. Photo by Stephen Speckman)

Evolving Fort Douglas

Like many U.S. Army posts established for monitoring the frontiers, Fort Douglas has seen its share of American history. The fort was founded on the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley in October 1862 by a regiment of California Volunteers under Colonel Patrick Connor to guard the overland mail (and, legend has it, to…

Norwegian skier Alf Engen performs a double-pole turn  at Alta, Utah. (Photo courtesy of Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah)

A Skier’s Paradise

The U’s ski archives document events that have made Utah’s slopes the envy of the world.

Rivalry Revisited

A new era marks the return of an old opponent. With the move of the University of Utah into the Pac-12, sportswriters are already making much of a potential Utah-Colorado rivalry. But the rivalry has a long history, going back more than a hundred years. The first athletic contests against a Colorado university were in…

Bedside Manners

The U’s College of Nursing has evolved to become one of the best in the nation. Even though the University of Utah’s medical school was established as early as 1905, a College of Nursing didn’t appear until many years later. Those interested in pursuing a nursing career (at the time, almost exclusively women) could take…

Spring Fervor

Celebrating a Time of New Growth and Regeneration Photo courtesy Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of  Utah Holding a celebration on the first of May is an ancient tradition in many parts of the world. Likewise, the end of winter has long been a time of festivities at the University of Utah. After…

Dramatis Personae

From humble beginnings, the University of Utah theater program has grown into a major player on the collegiate stage. Photo courtesy Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of  Utah While Utah, as a state, has a distinguished history of theater, in the early days of the University of Utah there was little money to…

Registration Frustration

Long lines and wait times often characterized student registration at the U—until the technological revolution. Registration at the University of Utah didn’t reach the 1,000-student mark until after the turn of the 20th century, and even in those days, registering for classes was no problem. Students received a “yellow ticket” from the registrar and then…

The Art of Healing

The U’s med school has grown from a collection of “frontier doctors” to become one of the world’s best academic medical centers. This turn-of-the century photo from the Ralph Vary Chamberlin collection might depict the first medical school class at the U to use a human cadaver. Chamberlin, a med student, once wrote, “At the…

Winter Wonderland

The first mention of a Snow Carnival (also known as Winter Carnival or Winter Festival) at the University of Utah appeared in an issue of The Daily Utah Chronicle in January 1937. This and subsequent carnivals set a pattern of holding various contests on campus, the election of a Snow Queen and attendants, and a…