1. Construction on original section of Van Allen Hall, The University of Iowa, July 1964

    Photographer: Frederick W. Kent

    Source: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ictcs/id/19146

    One of twenty buildings completed during the presidency of Howard R. Bowen (1964–1969), Van Allen Hall is a manifestation of both Bowen’s strong support of the sciences and the critical importance of its namesake’s work. James A. Van Allen, a native Iowan, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa and taught in the physics department for decades. Using rocket-launched balloons as early satellites, Van Allen discovered high densities of radiation in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, phenomena now known as the Van Allen Belts. His findings earned him the May 4, 1958, cover of Time magazine, a National Medal of Science, and membership in the National Academy of Science. Van Allen Hall continues to house the physics and astronomy faculty from which he retired in 1986.


  2. Burlington Street Bridge in winter, Iowa City, Iowa, between 1915 and 1920

    Photographer: Frederick W. Kent

    Source: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ictcs/id/650

    Intersection of Riverside Drive and Burlington Street, looking southeast

  3. Scottish Highlanders with dancer Honore Hughes, The University of Iowa, 1970

    Photographer: Frederick W. Kent

    Source: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ictcs/id/11825

  4. Pentacrest, The University of Iowa, 1880

    Photographer: Alva C. Townsend (1872-1951)

    Source: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ictcs/id/1131

    Lower left corner reads, “Courtesy of Alva C. Townsend”. Alva Townsend was the son of Timothy W. Townsend. The senior Townsend operated a photography gallery in Iowa City from 1866-1880 and again beginning in 1890. Aiva worked in his father’s studio beginning at age 17, around 1890. This information is from the Annals of Iowa and the New York Times.

  5. School of Music Annex practice rooms at 24 North Clinton Street, The University of Iowa, 1920s

    Photographer: Frederick W. Kent

    Source: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ictcs/id/18048

    Phillips Hall is now at this location.

  6. Seals Club, The University of Iowa, 1923

    Photographer: Frederick W. Kent

    Source: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ictcs/id/6398

    The Seals Club was founded in the spring of 1920 by a group of students to promote an interest in swimming among University women. This photo is in the 1924 University of Iowa yearbook.

    The 1922 yearbook (p.269) stated:

    The Seals Club, one of the newest athletic organizations for women, was formed last spring as the outcome of the first annual swimming exhibition given by the men and women of the University. Membership at that time was limited to those women who took part in the exhibition. Miss Anne Boillin, instructor in the department of physical education for women, was elected coach of the club.

    The purpose of the organization is to promote interest in swimming, fancy diving, and other aquatic sports among the women of the University. Tryouts for new members are held at various times during the year, and those girls are selected who show the greatest ability in swimming and diving.

    The May 19, 1920 Daily Iowan announced “Men and Women Hold Swimming Meet at Armory Tonight”. Tickets cost 35 cent and 275 (of 300) had been sold by the printing of the May 16 Daily Iowan. The admission was to defray the expenses connected with the annual canoe race to be held May 29. The DI listed the events: Eel slide; 40-yard dash; bag stunt; men’s fancy diving; potato relay; 100-yard relay; 100-yard breast stroke; plunge for distance; women’s fancy diving; 40-yard swim, hands and feet tied; 100-yard back stroke; sinking of battleship featuring human submarine and hydroplane; 40-yard dash (freshman); 200-yard men and women handicap relay; imitation of muskrat, bicycle, lobster, butterfly, somersaulting, demonstration of life saver’s leaps; demonstration of strokes—crawl, Italian crawl, side stroke, under arm, over arm, English racing over arm, back stroke, flutter kick with alternate arm, inverted breast, breast stroke, special Hawaiian canoe by Eel swimmers; 100-yard swim and push ball.

    This was the first swimming event at Iowa in which both men and women took part. The women only participated in fancy diving and a handicap relay, which was the feature of the meet. The May 21, 1920 Daily Iowan gave the results; the Handicap relay race was won by the men (men swam 200 yards, women swam 160 yards).

    In the fall of 1919, it was required that women needed to pass swimming receive a B.A. The June 6, 1920 Daily Iowan reported that 230 of 245 sophomores had passed the swimming requirement and 183 or 410 freshman women had passed. “All sophomore women who failed to pass their requirements will have their work marked unfinished for this year and will be required to make up the same next year. Freshman women will have a second chance next year to pass the requirements and will not have their work marked unfinished for this year, said the instructor.”

    The paper also reported: “Florence Barnes ’22, Pi Beta Phi, holds the year’s record in having passed her requirements in the least number of lessons. Having no previous knowledge of swimming whatsoever, Miss Barnes succeeded in passing all requirements in her fifth time in the pool.”

    Read more about the growing women’s physical education program in the October 12, 1919 Daily Iowan (p.6)

  7. Sears store, Iowa City, ca. 1933

    Photographer: Frederick W. Kent

    Source: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ictcs/id/297

    Sears, Roebuck & Co. was located at 111-113 E. College St. Swaner’s delivery truck is driven around the corner at Clinton and College streets. Swaner Farms Dairy Store was located at 218 E. Washington St. Shrader’s Prescription Druggist is on the corner at 132 South Clinton St.

  8. Physical education instruction student teaching children near the Pentacrest, The University of Iowa, 1920s

    Photographer: Frederick W. Kent

    Source: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ictcs/id/3159

  9. South and east sides of University Hall, The University of Iowa, 1920s

    Photographer: Frederick W. Kent

    Source: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ictcs/id/17584

    University Hall, completed in 1924, was renamed Jessup Hall for former University President Walter A. Jessup in 1969.

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    Sanborn Fire Insurance maps showing the same block for over 50 years. The maps are from:

    • 1883
    • 1888
    • 1892
    • 1899
    • 1906
    • 1912
    • 1920
    • 1926
    • 1933
    • sometime after 1933 and before 1948

    Since we had had photos in the last couple of days from this block, we thought it would be fun to see the changes through time. The Congregational Church is the only building that is on all the maps. The maps show the appearance of the Biology Building (Medical Laboratory), the Sciences Library (Anatomy Hall) and Close Hall (YMCA), as well as the disappearance of the Universalist Church at the corner of Iowa and Clinton.

    Posted: 17 July 2014 8 notes