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University History: College Bell


College Bell

The campus bell, which now resides in the Veteran's Memorial Garden, rang the start and end of class periods from the 1940s to the mid-1960s.  As you might guess, this bell had to be rung by hand throughout the day. 

The Student Veteran's Association built a new bell tower when the wooden one rotted, which is perhaps the reason the bell is now associated with the Veteran's Memorial.

The cover of the 1948 yearbook featured the bell.  Why?  What is the story related to its importance?


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University Archives

Alkek Library, Room 580


Research by appointment

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm


The University Archives is physically located on the 5th floor of the Alkek Library.  In-person and virtual research assistance is generally available Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm (excluding holidays and energy conservation days). 


Research appointments are required for in-person research to allow time for retrieval of offsite materials, to reserve research space, and to allow staff to sanitize the space between researchers.  Walk-in assistance is dependent on staff and space availability, as researchers with appointments are given priority.  Masks are encouraged. 


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