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University of Colorado Engineering School photographs

Identifier: COU:2

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs pertaining to the Engineering College in the 1980’s. This Collection is unprocessed, photographs are in folders but are not in Hollinger or Mylar sleeves and are not identified or ordered in any specific way.


  • 1950 - 1990

Biographical / Historical

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU-Boulder was founded and called such in 1893. In 1906, it became the College of Engineering. The first course in Engineering was a course, in 1883, in Civil Engineering taught by Lieutenant W. F. C. Hasson. He was recalled to the Navy, and until 1893, courses in Engineering were stopped. The first story of the Engineering Building was completed in 1893, a wing added in 1895, and completed in 1898. It was torn down, so Norlin Library could be built in its place. In 1898, the Department of Electrical Engineering was added. By 1902, the Engineering School had two departments, Civil and Electrical Engineering. In 1902, the Department of Mechanical Engineering was started and in 1904, the Department of Chemical Engineering was added. In 1926, Architectural Engineering courses were offered as a joint course track between Mechanical Engineering and Art. In 1937, the Department of Machine Design was added, in 1941, the Department of Engineering Design was added and in 1944 the Department of Aeronautical Engineering was developed. Programs in the College of Engineering were expanded, along with others at the University, by W. F. Dyde, Vice President and Dean of Faculties between 1947 and 1959. With funds from the Federal Government, plans were developed to create a Cyclotron (1962) and a Computer center. In 1962, the final plans were set in motion for the Engineering Center currently located on campus. Upon the completion of this center, the Engineering Departments’ two other buildings (Ketchum and Engineering 1) were to be turned over to the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Deans of the College of Applied Sciences were: 1893 Henry Fulton, 1901 George H. Rowe, 1903 Henry B. Dates, 1905 Milo S. Ketchum The Deans of the College of Engineering were: 1919 Herbert S. Evans, 1943 Clarence L. Eckel, 1962 Max S. Peters

“Today, the College of Engineering works with the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory and has provided hands-on design experience to undergraduate students in its unique, award-winning facility since 1997, the college's First-Year Engineering Projects Course, offered since 1994, allows students to put engineering theory into practice early in their undergraduate career, the Discovery Learning Center: a high-tech research and learning laboratory that supports a college-wide initiative integrating undergraduates into the research enterprise, the Mortensen Center in Engineering for Developing Communities which offers an educational, research, and outreach program where students focus on developing and implementing sustainable technology for developing communities around the world, CU Engineering International programs and partnerships that are rapidly growing and becoming an integral part of education and research, The college also is a leader in K-12 Engineering Outreach, pioneering new engineering programs for students and teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and hosting the national K-12 Digital Library of Science and Engineering, which is significantly expanding curricular materials available to teachers.”


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

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The College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU-Boulder was founded in 1893. This collection contains photographs pertaining to the Engineering College in the 1980s.

Surveyed by: Stephanie Hodges, May 2011; Edited by Sam Eaton; Uploaded to ArchivesSpace by Jennifer Sanchez
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Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States