Bookstore, lower level of MITC, 1976.
Bookstore, lower level of MITC, 1976

A new Archives and Special Collections exhibition, “The UofL Student Experience,” showcases photographs and memorabilia that capture campus life through the ages.  

Artifacts range from a t-shirt that jokingly asks “Who the hall is Tilda Threkald?” to a flag from Louisville Municipal College, a separate UofL campus for African American students until integration, to a typewriter pulled from the wreckage of the Student Union Building when it burned in 1951.

International Fashion Show, 2019; Tom Fougerousse, photographer
International Fashion Show, 2019; Tom Fougerousse, UofL photographer

The show’s photographs range from black and white images from the 1930s to photos from last year’s Crawfish Boil.

There is also a digital carousel with 250 images of UofL athletics.

“It is a broad look at 90 years of student life at UofL that includes three exhibit areas,” said Tom Owen, archivist.

The show was a group effort from staff and faculty within ASC and was largely inspired by Welcome Week.

“We asked, what do we want students to see? And, the answer was, themselves! We wanted them to see student life here,” said Jennifer Oberhausen, libraries assistant.

Viewers will notice commonalities and traditions that carry through the ages and also the unique spin each generation puts on their UofL experience.

34th annual Crawfish Boil, 2019; Tom Fougerousse, photographer
34th annual Crawfish Boil, 2019; Tom Fougerousse

New students are encourage to see the show and also check out the library during its annual Kick Back in the Stacks event.

“Your undergraduate years can be a time of exploration, of learning from people who are different from you – and finding and connecting with folks who share your interests,” said Carrie Daniels, director of ASC. “It’s a time of building your skills and practicing ways to change the world for the better. It’s a time of pushing yourself intellectually, spending time in – of all places – that temple of learning, the library.”

Homecoming step show, 2011; Tom Fougerousse, photographer.
Homecoming step show, 2011; Tom Fougerousse, campus photographer
Niki King
Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.