In the spring of 1959, 30 years after a single room on campus was set aside to house "the complete history of the University," the Syracuse University Archives was founded with the hiring of the first SU Archivist. Over the years, as the number of collections has increased, the Archives has outgrown that one room and moved into larger facilities. The papers of Chancellors, faculty and alumni share space with writings, photographs, publications, architectural plans and drawings. These thousands of items capture the different eras of the University since its founding in 1870. To celebrate our 50th anniversary we've picked 50 of our favorites to share as the Archives continues its original goal of "preserving records that document the history, organization, policies, activities, and people of the University, and making those records available to researchers."
This exhibition was curated by Meg Mason and Mary O'Brien.