Building the University: The First 30 Years

Professor J. Raymond Brackett created an enduring legacy through his photographic hobby, for in these images we see a marvelous record of much of the university’s first half century. In the 1950s approximately 170 old glass plate negatives that Brackett took were donated to the university by one of his descendants. These negatives document the expansion of the university over the years beginning in 1884 when Brackett first arrived in Boulder. His photographs focus on various campus scenes, and today this collection of images provides a valuable glimpse into the campus’s earliest buildings, many of which no longer exist.

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