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Ask the archivist: Was that a US president on the Quad?

Ask the archivist: Was that a US president on the Quad?

November 12, 2020

Thirty-two US presidents have held office since the University’s founding in 1850. While many have passed through Rochester, only seven future or former presidents actually visited the campuses. Presumptive President-Elect Joe Biden would make eight.

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December 7, 1941: The University of Rochester at war

December 7, 1941: The University of Rochester at war

December 4, 2018

In many ways, life on campus would continue as it did before. But the four years following Pearl Harbor would be among the most challenging, heartbreaking, and sobering in University history.

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Who ping-punk’d Papa Haydn?

Who ping-punk’d Papa Haydn?

November 20, 2018

In 1968, the season-opening concert of the Rochester Philharmonic was interrupted when a rain of ping-pong balls fell from balcony to stage. University archivist Melissa Mead looks back at the history of campus pranks.

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Was the University a player in the invention of baseball?

Was the University a player in the invention of baseball?

July 16, 2018

University archivist Melissa Meade looks into the earliest days of baseball at the University, which fielded its first team in 1858.

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Witnessing history: Memories of the Lincoln assassination

Witnessing history: Memories of the Lincoln assassination

April 12, 2016

On April 14, 1865, Albert Barrett, a member of the University’s Class of 1869, was in Ford’s Theater, celebrating his birthday two days before. His seat in the balcony box immediately opposite the president afforded him a clear view of events

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From the archives: Director Mike Nichols speaks to Class of 1972

From the archives: Director Mike Nichols speaks to Class of 1972

November 24, 2014

“I don’t know much about graduations except what I’ve seen in the movies,” joked director Mike Nichols after received an honorary doctor of letters degree from the University in 1972. The award-winning director of The Graduate and many other films and plays died on Wednesday, November 19, at the age of 83. Listen to his 1972 Rochester commencement address.

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