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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

This exhibit features photographs portraying the rich and colourful history of the University of Saskatchewan, which began when the University Act of 1907 established a publicly-funded, independent institution of higher learning for the province.

Since April 8, 1909, when the Board of Governors announced that the university would be located in Saskatoon, it has played an important role in the economic, political and social life of the city. To mark the institution's first century, the Local History Room has drawn from its extensive photograph collection a celebration of the university. The exhibit focusses on the social aspects of the relationship between town and gown, highlighting such aspects of student life as the snake dance, Sadie Hawkins, frosh week, the Intensely Vigorous College Nine, sports rivalries and campus celebrities.

Original gallery show (2007) curated by: R. Jaremko.

With the assistance of: M. Hendry, M.E. Schnitzler, K. Snider, B. Baier, J. Broughton and L. Stark.

The University of Saskatchewan Archives and the Saskatchewan Archives Board kindly lent photos for this exhibit.



2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

The decision of where to locate the university was not reached until April 7, 1909. A crowd of five thousand gathered at the Canadian Northern Railway station on First Avenue to greet the Honourable Archie P. McNab, Minister of Municipal Affairs and university governors James Clinkskill and W. J. Bell when they arrived home from Regina with the news that Saskatoon had been chosen.

Date: April 8, 1909.

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

On the afternoon of May 4, 1910, the first sod of the present site of the university was turned by Chancellor Edward Ludlow Wetmore, Chief Justice of Saskatchewan. On his right stands James Clinkskill vice chairman of the Board of Governors and on his left university president Dr. Walter C. Murray.

Date: 1910.

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

On July 29, 1910, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, then prime minister of Canada, came to Saskatoon for the laying of the cornerstone of the College Building. It was Sir Wilfrid’s first visit to Saskatoon and a large number of notables were in the city to see him. Lieutenant-Governor Forget, Rev. Principal Lloyd of Emmanuel College, James Clinkskill of the Board of Governors and the Honourable Walter Scott, Premier of Saskatchewan, took part in the ceremony.

Date: July 29, 1910.

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

Shorthorn Ayrshire and Holstein-Friesian cows at milking time in the cattle wing of the main barn. Designed by Montreal architect Hugh Vallance, the stone and timber building was completed in 1912. The white-uniformed man doing the milking may be John Ernest Taylor who worked there at the time.

Date: [ca. 1913]

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

Students stand outside the livestock pavilion on a cold day in 1915. Constructed of red brick, the pavilion cost $20,000 when it was completed in 1912. It was roofed with slate shingles except for the upper quarter where translucent glass allowed for natural light. It served as the major teaching and demonstration facility for the Department of Agriculture. The livestock pavilion was demolished in 1986.

Date: [ca. 1915]

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

Assembling at Qu’Appelle Hall, the members of convocation in their academic robes march in procession past Saskatchewan Hall to the College Building where degrees and certificates will be conferred upon the graduates in Convocation Hall.

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

Bread and jam was the snack of choice for these five university students. Durward White, the young man on the left, studied pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan in 1923-24 after apprenticing for three years at the Wright Drugstore in Moosomin. After graduating, Durward White operated the drugstore in Wawota from 1926 until his death in 1953.

Date: 1924.

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan Memorial Gates and tablet commemorate the sixty-seven students and faculty members who died in the Great War of 1914-18. A committee chaired by Mayor Howard McConnell raised $10,000 for the stone tablet on which are inscribed the names of the fallen. The university provided $20,000 for the ornamental gates. The memorial was erected in 1927-28 and dedicated during convocation on May 3, 1928.

Date: 1928.

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan has produced many world champions. Among them is this regal fowl. Lady Victorine, a barred Plymouth Rock Pullet, produced a record 358 eggs in 365 days in 1928-29. Fame is fleeting. Lady Victorine’s world record was surpassed in 1930 by a black Orpington Pullet from Australia. (University of Saskatchewan Archives photo A-2911).

Date: 1928.

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

A couple strolls by the front of the College Building in this early 1930s photograph. Constructed between 1910-1912, the University of Saskatchewan’s first building was the hub of campus life.

Date: 1930 - 32.

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

The university greenhouses originally served as laboratories for various departments. The Department of Physiology occupied Greenhouse No. 1. Dr. John Fiddes, professor of physiology, is in the greenhouse with members of the second year medicine physiology class of 1936-1937.

Date: [193-]

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

Before the construction of Rutherford Rink, University of Saskatchewan students played hockey outdoors. The varsity rink measured 100 feet by 200 feet with a 10 foot high fence to provide protection from the prairie north winds. Located near the university barns, drainage from the barns often resulted in “yellow ice.”

Date: [194-]

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

Established in 1910 as the Department of Agricultural Extension, the University of Saskatchewan extension division offered various services to the farming community including short courses. Participants at this 1944 poultry short course take notes and listen attentively to their instructor.

Date: 1944.

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

Putting your best foot forward at the University of Saskatchewan as these college kids go through their exercise routine with a precision worthy of Busby Berkley.

Date: 195?

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

The first sheep arrived on the university farm in 1911. Under the watchful eyes of the university farm shepherd and his dogs, the university flock grazed on and around the university campus for many years. Each spring the flock would move out to the pasture land in the Dundurn-Beaver Creek area where shepherd, dogs and sheep would spend the summer.

Date: [ca. 1940]

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

Students run a mixed relay race at Griffiths Stadium. Built largely with student labour and financed through a fund-raising campaign, Griffiths Stadium was opened in the fall of 1936 as Western Canada’s first combined track and football facility.

Date: August 10, 1949.

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

Students from the S11 and S12 classes at the University of Saskatchewan 1949 summer school present a display of mass calisthenics. The occasion was the annual “gymboree” held in Griffiths Stadium.

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

Dances were the major social events of the year for university students. They were held either in Convocation Hall or in a hotel ballroom downtown. Under the watchful eyes of chaperones, these couples kick up their heels (and kick off their shoes) on the floor of Convocation Hall in 1949.

Date: August 10, 1949.

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

With saddle oxfords or white bucks, bobby-sox or no socks, t-shirts or suit and tie, sports shirt or no shirt, this unidentified University of Saskatchewan photograph demonstrates the wide range of student fashion in 1950.

Date: August 15, 1950.

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2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

With the boys in pleated ‘drapes’ and the girls in bobby-sox and cap-sleeved blouses, these 1950s students square dance before an appreciative audience in the University Gymnasium.

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