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About this collection

This collection contains images from the University Archives during the period that Idaho State University was the Academy of Idaho, 1901-1915.

Senator Theodore F. Turner from Pocatello drafted a bill entitled "An Act to establish and maintain a school to be called the Academy of Idaho at Pocatello." The bill was passed unanimously by the Idaho Legislature on February 25, 1901.

Four blocks of land adjacent to each other on the southeast side of Pocatello were donated by the community to assure the new campus of the Academy of Idaho. A building program was commenced and by the opening bell on September 22, 1902, the main building, later called Swanson Hall, was complete. A boy’s dormitory, Faris Hall, was completed in 1903.

There were forty students and four teachers at the beginning of the first academic year, with a total of seventy students enrolled during the term. By the third year of operation, student enrollment was 122 and faculty had increased to six. In 1906, a girl’s dormitory was finished and enrollment was up to 186 students. During this period, construction of a mechanical arts building was nearly completed, and in 1907 an infirmary was constructed. (Matthew H. Shugert, student C.P.I., ISU Special Collections and Archives, 2013-2014)

These photographs have been digitized and are presented here; we need your help with identifying buildings, locations, events, people, and dates. Please add tags to the images or leave appropriate comments.

This digital collection was completed by Matthew Bingman, intern, ISU Department of History, Spring 2016.

 
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