Day at the museum

The Alexander G. Ruthven Museums Building, for which Albert Kahn was the architect, is seen from North University Street in February 1950. Click the photo to view a larger version. (Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library)

This year in history (58 years ago)

The Undergraduate Library was dedicated on Feb. 21, 1958, in a ceremony in the Multipurpose Room of that building followed by a reception and a dinner in the Michigan Union. President Harlan Hatcher gave the address. Present for the celebration were distinguished publishers, authors, professors, educational administrators and librarians attending a conference on campus. The Undergraduate Library was the first at a state institution or at any university with a very large undergraduate enrollment, and received widespread attention. Visitors from other American campuses and foreign universities were numerous for several years after its completion.

— From “The University of Michigan: An Encyclopedic Survey”



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