West engineering building in 1919


West engineering building in 1919

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The Anberay


The Anberay

The Anberay, across from University High School, was the first of eight apartment buildings constructed near campus in the 1920s. It was demolished in 2007.

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Martha Cook dormitory in 1919


Martha Cook dormitory in 1919

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Girl on curb with police in riot gear, June 1969


Girl on curb with police in riot gear, June 1969

Officers with nightsticks, riot helmets, and gas masks form a line on South University at Church Street, June 1969

Frame location: North side of South University in plaza southeast of West Hall (Engineering Arch), facing southeast

Collection info: OOH

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Students returning from a three-day sit-in at the Administration Building


Students returning from a three-day sit-in at the Administration Building

Minorty students on South University returning from a three-day sit-in at the UM Administration building.

Frame location: North side of South University in plaza southeast of West Hall (Engineering Arch), facing southeast

Collection info: Sinclair papers 850 AC UA1 Aa2 Box 38 AA Students

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First Hash Bash, 1971


First Hash Bash, 1971

The first Hash Bash brought thousands of young people to Diag on April Fool's Day 1971 to celebrate Ann Arbor's lenient penalties for smoking marijuana.

Frame location: North side of South University in plaza southeast of West Hall (Engineering Arch), facing southeast

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Procession of students on South University, June, 1969


Procession of students on South University, June, 1969

On a hot June night in 1969, over 1,000 youths tried to "liberate" South University and turn it into a "People's Park." On the third night of escalating conflict, city police and sheriff's deputies responded to rock throwing by using tear gas and nightsticks to clear the street. This incident symbolized for many the political and social upheaval of the time.

Frame location: North side of South University in plaza southeast of West Hall (Engineering Arch), facing southeast

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Art Fair, 1960


Art Fair, 1960

When local merchants began the Ann Arbor Art Fair in July 1960, South University catered to both townspeople and students. During 40 years of social and political change, the fair grew into a city-wide extravaganza. In the twentieth century, as fraternities, sororities, dormitories, and student rooms concentrated nearby, South University had become a focus of student activity. At this corner in the 1950s and 1960s you could have seen homecoming parades or panty raiders shouting "To the hill!" (women's dorms). The 1980s saw a basketball riot and the 1990s the Naked Mile. Political activities as well as pranks have always been a part of student life. Earlier students, fueled by alcohol, youth, and boredom, had torn up the town's wooden sidewalks for bonfires, disabled trolley cars, and shouted down presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. They vigorously debated abolition, temperance, wars, and women's suffrage. During the Vietnam War, Ann Arbor became a center of the nationwide social and political firestorm. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and peace teach-ins originated at UM. Those turbulent years began with civil rights picketing, intensified with antiwar protests, White Panthers, Black Action Movement (BAM) strikes, and demonstrations for women's liberation and gay rights. "Make love not war!"and "Power to the people!" affronted middle-class values and expressed the new rebellious spirit that led to hippies, the sexual revolution, and the Hash Bash.

Frame location: North side of South University in plaza southeast of West Hall (Engineering Arch), facing southeast

Collection info: Grace II p.54

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Interior of Horace Wilgus' home, 1897


Interior of Horace Wilgus' home, 1897

Law Professor Horace Wilgus and his family spend a quiet evening at their home on North University in 1897.

Frame location: North side of South University on lawn extension just west of Washtenaw, facing south-southeast

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Apostles Club members, 1900


Apostles Club members, 1900

The Apostles Club, faculty bachelors who banded together in 1900, first rented a boarding house at 1218 South University, complete with resident landlady as cook. This gave them a position in society without the expense of running a house on a junior faculty salary. Members had great fun at meals around a single table. They hosted large formal dances and lavish "at home" parties. Their bylaws provided for "recreating." Their baseball teams played against such opponents as the "Henpecked Husbands."

Frame location: North side of South University on lawn extension just west of Washtenaw, facing south-southeast

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