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Historical Timeline of the University of Idaho
Presented below is a timeline of events during the history of the University of Idaho from its establishment in 1889. For additional information on the history of the University of Idaho and its campus, click the links below.
A Brief History of the University of Idaho University of Idaho Campus Buildings The History of the University of Idaho: a bibliography University of Idaho Campus Photograph Collection
|July 2, 1862||President Lincoln signs Morrill Act establishing federal support through land grants for higher education
Morrill Hall. University of Idaho. (n.d.) #73-36.
|January 30, 1889||Governor Stevenson signs Territorial Legislature's Council Bill No. 20 establishing the University of Idaho
Edward A. Stevenson (Governor of Idaho, 1885-1889) with Governor C.P. Stevenson of Nevada. (1887) #3-0260a.
|April 25, 1889||First meeting of Board of Regents
University of Idaho Board of Regents, l to r: Clancy St. Clair, Asher B. Wilson, M.G. Neale, Ted Walters, Jerome J. Day, J.W. Condie, W.D. Vincent. (1933) #4-04-14.
|1889||Beta Sigma (later Delta Gamma) established as first sorority
Beta Sigma charter members. University of Idaho. (1901) #2-007-07.
|July 3, 1890||Idaho admitted to statehood, UI's status included in state constitution
Map of Idaho from Conklin Atlas of 1880 (1880) #90-1-25-73-4a.
|1892||Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station established|
|October 3, 1892||University opens for classes
Old Administration Building. Rear view. University of Idaho (n.d.) #93-406.
|April 27, 1893||Regents grant charter for student Amphictyon Literary Society|
|June 9, 1893||Idaho beat WSU (then WAC) 12-0 at first football match. For more see Vandal Football History
Football team. University of Idaho. (1893) #2-115-0001.
|June 1894||Honorary degrees awarded to Governor McConnell and Attorney General R.Z. Johnson|
|1895||Idaho legislature makes first appropriation of operating funds ($15,000) to the University|
|June 11, 1896||Four march in first commencement
Group photo, class of 1896 (first graduating class). University of Idaho. (1896) #2-122-1.
|1898||First graduate degree awarded|
|1898||Students' Athletic Association (predecessor of the Associated Students) formed
Athletic Association. H.C. Tilley, Gus Larson, C.M. Edgett, A.T. Jenkins, Capt. Chrisman, L.A. Tweedt, George Horton, W.N. Gibb, N. Sheridan, Homer Tilley. University of Idaho (1903?) #29-009.
|1898||Kappa Phi Alpha (later Phi Delta Theta) established as first fraternity
Kappa Phi Alpha. University of Idaho (1905) #29-020.
|November 1898||Volume 1, Number 1 of Argonaut published
Argonaut staff. Zella Perkins, John W. Shepperd, Gus Larson, Margaret Henderson, Thomas Jones, Nellie B. Ireton, R.W. Leonard. University of Idaho (1904?) #29-008.
|1899||Spanish-American War Memorial Soldier Statue suggested; may be first of its kind in US
Spanish American War Memorial (University of Idaho Campus), with view of old administration building (1900) #6018-151.
|June 1899||Idaho Alumni Association formed
University of Idaho Alumni Association Presidents. L-R: Harold I. Nelson, Bill (W.G.) Guernsey, W. Fisher Ellsworth, George Yost, and Ralph Litton (n.d.) #40-APR21.
|June 21, 1899||Jennie Eva Hughes, first African American student, graduates
University of Idaho class of 1899. (1897) #2-110-1.
|June 21, 1899||UI opens first summer school in the Pacific Northwest
Summer School. University of Idaho (July 28, 1899) #2-110-2.
|1901||College of Agriculture established|
|1902||Junior Class publishes 1903 Gem of the Mountains|
|June 1902||Ridenbaugh Hall dedicated
Ridenbaugh Hall, University of Idaho. (n.d.) #67-17.
|June 11, 1902||Department of Domestic Science (later Home Economics) established, first in Pacific Northwest
Home Economics. University of Idaho. First class in Domestic Science, under the direction of Miss Lyford. (1895)
|1904||Lawrence Henry Gipson '03 first Idaho Rhodes Scholar
Dr. Lawrence H. Gipson (Class of 1903, University of Idaho; Honorary Doctorate, 1953). (n.d.) #3-0509b.
|February 17, 1904||Associated Students of the University of Idaho (ASUI) formed|
|March 30, 1906||Administration Building fire
Administration Building, University of Idaho (1892-1906) fire scene. (March 30, 1906) #1-51-24.
|1907||School of Applied Science reorganized into the College of Engineering
College of Engineering students with surveying equipment. University of Idaho. (1898) #1-224-23.
|October 10, 1908||Permeal French appointed Dean of Women; first dean at the university
Permeal Jane French (1869-1954) (Dean of Women, University of Idaho, 1908-1936). (195?) #3-0006f.
|1909||Development of Shattuck Arboretum started
Arboretum with "I" tank in background. University of Idaho. (n.d.) #72-22.
|1909||College of Law established
Menard Law Building, University of Idaho. Dedication. (April 27, 1974) #1-162-09.
|1909||First forestry degree program|
|1909||New Administration Building opened
Administration Building, University of Idaho. (n.d.) #1-52-049.
|1910||Agricultural Extension office under director F.D. Farrell established in Boise's Yates Building|
|May 1910||Campus Day tradition begun
Maypole dance, Campus Day, University of Idaho. (1910) #10-087.
|April 9, 1911||Theodore Roosevelt is first US President to visit campus; plants first tree in Presidential Grove
Theodore Roosevelt at the University of Idaho. (April 10, 1911) #6-007-11.
|September 1911||Aberdeen Branch Experiment Station established. For more see historical sketch
University of Idaho Branch Experiment Station. Potato house in Aberdeen, Idaho. (1932) #4-26-2.
|1912||Comic opera Priscilla first production in University Auditorium
Administration Building, University of Idaho Auditorium. (1924) #1-52-022a.
|1913||Faculty Women's Club organized|
|1913||Board of Regents combined with State Board of Education|
|1913||Preparatory School closes after helping raise admission standards for 21 years
Group photo, Prep School, class of 1899. University of Idaho. (1899) #2-124-1.
|1915||Idaho legislature approves Cooperative Extension|
|1916||Associated Students of the University of Idaho (ASUI) formally organized|
|1917||"Here we have Idaho" first sung
MacKinley Helm (class of 1919) and University of Idaho President Jesse E. Buchanan. Commencement. (June 1954) #3-0527b.
|August 6, 1917||School of Mines and School of Forestry established|
|1918||First journalism class offered, in English Department. For more, see the JAMM timeline.
Journalism. University of Idaho. Field trip to Star-Mirror plant, Moscow. (1937) #1-226-01.
Infirmary and Phi Gamma Delta, University of Idaho. (c. 1955) #78-06.
|May 1919||Wendell Wilkie turns down faculty position, changing course of history|
|1920||Pep Band unofficially organized
Pep band performing at rally at the Depot. University of Idaho. (1922) #93-172.
|June 7, 1920||School of Education established|
|September 1920||First dormitory (Lindley Hall) opened using non-appropriated funds
Lindley Hall, University of Idaho (n.d.) #72-09.
|1921||Office of Non-Resident Instruction established|
|December 1921||UI joins Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|December 28, 1921||Sigma Xi, national scientific fraternity, established an Idaho chapter
Awards and Honors - Sigma XI Award winners (1973) #37-040.
|1922||First potato plots set out at Parma Experiment Station
Aerial view, Parma Branch Experiment Station, University of Idaho. (1948?) #6-048-1.
|1923||Women's Athletic Association formed
University of Idaho Women's Athletic Association (1943) #92-1531.
|March 1923||First issue of English Club's literary magazine, The Blue Bucket, published
Staff photo, Idaho Blue Bucket (official humor magazine of ASUI). University of Idaho. (1934) #2-206-1.
|March 5, 1923||Idaho basketball beats Cal 29-25 to win second Pacific Coast championship in a row
Group photo, basketball team with Coach MacMillan. Pacific Coast and Northwest Champions. University of Idaho. (1923)
|May 24, 1923||KFAN broadcasts first radio program on campus|
|June 1923||Forney Hall dedicated
Forney Hall from west just before dedication. University of Idaho (June 1923) #93-435.
|June 2, 1923||Naomi Chapman first woman graduate in College of Agriculture
Naomi Chapman Woodroof (the first woman graduate in Agricultural Dept.) returns to campus (197?) #3-1919-36.
|June 2, 1923||Light on the Mountains pageant presented at commencement
"Spirits of the Waters" advancing toward "Spirits of the Waste Places" dance, Light on the Mountain Pageant. University of Idaho. (June 1923) #93-207.
|Summer 1923||First 4-H short course, predecessor of the 4-H Congress, held on campus
Group photo of Idaho 4-H Club Congress. (1923) #4-01-023.
|1924||Vandal football wins Northwest Conference title; two players selected for All-America
Group photo, Vandal football team. University of Idaho. (1923) #2-115-0340.
|1925||Science Hall opened
Science Hall, University of Idaho. (c. 1955) #78-07.
|1925||Daleth Teth Gimel, later Delta Tau Gamma, first town women's association in US|
|1925||Placement Bureau established|
|April 15, 1925||Regents establish School of Business Administration and authorize Graduate School|
|September 8, 1925||Phi Beta Kappa chapter chartered
Idaho chapter of Phi Beta Kappa honors President Donald R. Theophilus by making him a member. Professor Fred H. Winkler gives him a key. University of Idaho. (195?) #2-148-60.
|October 16, 1925||WSU students' first and unsuccessful attempt to prematurely ignite the pre-game bonfire by air raid
Freshman bonfire. University of Idaho. (1925) #2-102-09.
|1926||Tau Mem Aleph established, only national fraternity founded at UI
Informal group picture, Tau Mem Aleph. University of Idaho. (1942) #2-063-1.
|1926||Rifle Team established as first intercollegiate women's athletic team
University of Idaho Women's Rifle Team. First row, fifth from left: Gertrude Gould; eighth from left: Helen Gould. (1927)
|1927||Jesse E. Buchanan, later UI President, is first to earn straight "A's."
Jesse Everett Buchanan (Class of 1927, University of Idaho) (President, University of Idaho, 1946-1954) as a student. (192?)
|February 14, 1927||University of Idaho Southern Branch established in Pocatello|
|Fall 1927||Hays Hall completed
Hays Hall just before completion. University of Idaho (n.d.) #93-441.
|1928||LDS Institute of Religion established, first in the US
LDS Institute under construction. Corner of Deakin and University Avenue. Moscow, Idaho. (July 1928) #5-001-18a.
|1929||Memorial Gymnasium completed
Memorial Gymnasium, University of Idaho. Construction. (1928) #1-61-32.
|1929||UI beats UI-Southern Branch (later ISU) 41-7 in football|
|November 1930||The Vandaleers, the University of Idaho's concert choir, makes its first appearance
Group picture, Vandaleers. University of Idaho. (1942?) #2-112-04.
|September 23, 1931||Borah Symposium lectures begun
William Edgar Borah (1865-1940) (United States Senator, 1907-1940). (1915) #3-0077b.
|June 1933||Marie Lee Lew receives BS in Home Ec as first Chinese American woman at UI|
|August 1, 1935||Depression-era cooperative residences, begun in 1932, are expanded when the Regents approve the construction of the Idaho Club
Idaho Club, University of Idaho. Kitchen. (1935) #1-071-03.
|1936||Blue Bucket purchased and converted into Student Union
Blue Bucket Inn during construction. University of Idaho (August 1924) #93-463.
|1938||Grace Fenton Robertson first woman graduate of the College of Engineering|
|March 26, 1938||Eleanor Roosevelt speaks at Memorial Gym
Eleanor Roosevelt and Dwight Smithson Jeffers (Dean, College of Forestry, 1935-1953). Planting tree in the Presidential Grove, Administration Building lawn. University of Idaho. (1938) #3-0036a.
|November 15, 1938||Bill McGowan, Argonaut Sports Editor, takes a hike on "Loser's Walk"
Battle of the Palouse (Loser's Walk). University of Idaho. (1938) #2-267-1.
|January 1939||General E.R. Chrisman's ashes scattered over campus from airplane |
Cadets in formation beside Memorial Gymnasium for General Chrisman funeral. University of Idaho. (January 18, 1939)
|January 30, 1939||Semi-Centennial celebration prepares time capsule for opening 50 years later
Time capsule from University of Idaho semi-centennial. (January 30, 1939) #73-77.
|1941||Boxer Ted Kara first to win three NCAA championships
University of Idaho students. Left: Ted Kara. National 127 lb. boxing champion. Right: Stanley "Bow Wow" Wojtkiewiez. Infirmary in background. (1939) #80-09.
|May 15, 1942||Naval Training School (Radio) established
Naval Radio Training School cadets in chow line, University of Idaho. (194?) #6-004-18.
|1945||Naval ROTC unit established|
|1946||Vets' Village set up beside Paradise Creek
Veterans Housing Trailer Village, University of Idaho. (1951?) #1-120-03.
|1947||J.D. Remsberg becomes first alum appointed to Board of Regents
John David Remsberg, Jr., first University of Idaho graduate appointed to Board of Regents, visits E.J. Iddings (right) and Donald R. Theophilus (left). (1947) #1-245-02.
|1947||Vandal Boosters, Inc. organized|
|May 31, 1947||Air Force ROTC unit requested by Regents|
|May 3, 1952||Music Building dedicated
Music Building, University of Idaho. (n.d.) #1-117-01.
|1953||Flip Kleffner breaks record with 82 yard punt against WSU
Freshman football player, Phillip "Flip" Kleffner, running. University of Idaho. (1951) #2-115-1110c.
|1954||UI and ISU begin offering classes in Idaho Falls|
|October 23, 1954||Vandals defeat WSU (then WSC) 10-0, first win since 1925|
|October 19, 1956||Gault Hall arson
Gault Hall, University of Idaho. After the fire. (1956) #1-095-22a.
|1957||Jerry Kramer wins MVP at the Shrine Game; is drafted by Green Bay the following year
Gerald Louis (Jerry) Kramer (Class of 1958, University of Idaho; Worlds Pro Football champion, played for Green Bay Packers). (1955) #3-1846b.
|1957||Charlene Roth one of first women in nation to join Alpha Zeta, national agricultural honorary
One of the first women in the nation to become a member of Alpha Zeta, national agricultural honorary, University of Idaho student Charlene Roth accepts a certificate from Darrell Weber, chancellor of the Idaho chapter. (1957) #2-148-65.
|November 2, 1957||Library dedicated
Library, University of Idaho. (1957) #1-122-001.
|1959||Boise Adult Education Center offers a program of residence courses|
|1959||Doctoral program introduced|
|1960||KUID-TV started closed-circuit broadcasting to classrooms; broadcasting to the public on September 6, 1965
Dr. Gordon Law and Peter Haggart, KUID-TV. University of Idaho. (196?) #2-185-1.
|1961||Mines Building opened
College of Mines building. University of Idaho. (1960's) #11-M19.
|1962||Beacon for Mountain and Plain published|
|June 10, 1962||Florence Aller receives first Doctor of Education degree
Florence Aller receives the first Doctor of Education degree conferred at the University. Commencement, University of Idaho. (1962) #2-109-080b.
|1963||14 receive first Alumni Hall of Fame awards|
|June 9, 1963||Sandra Clark is first woman graduate of the College of Mines. In 1968, she and her husband are the first husband-wife team to receive
PhDs in the same field
Allen Clark and Sandra Clark receive Ph.D. degrees in geology. Commencement, University of Idaho. (1968) #2-109-118.
|June 30, 1963||Library Associates, the library's Friends group, founded at the summer home of Lucy Mix Day, Mica Bay, Coeur d'Alene Lake|
|December 12, 1963||KUID-FM started broadcasting
Students doing a radio broadcast? University of Idaho. ([195-]-[196-]) #11-R7.
|1967||Jazz Festival begins. See Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival|
|1967||Vandal high-jumper Steve Brown first person in North America to clear 7 feet
Steven Louis Brown; University of Idaho high jumper (1968?) #92-1539.
|June 1, 1969||Bilge Kuranel and Susan LaFontaine first women to graduate in Architecture
Bilge Kuranel and Susan Lorine LaFontaine, first co-eds to graduate in Architecture, with Department Head Charles Bartell (1969) #3-0960b.
|May 5, 1970||NROTC building firebombed
Fire at Navy building. University of Idaho. (May 6, 1970) #20-184.
|Fall 1972||Women's Center, one of oldest in nation, presents first program|
|1976||ASUI-Kibbie Dome named winner of national outstanding structural engineering achievement award
University of Idaho campus, oblique aerial view from over ASUI-Kibbie Dome. (1976) #1-003-38.
|July 1977||BS in Computer Science approved by Regents|
|1980||Science Experience Center in Idaho Falls purchased by UI Foundation to become University Place, a center for higher education in Idaho|
|April 7, 1981||Silver and Gold Day established by Alumni Association
First annual University of Idaho Silver and Gold Day in Hailey, Idaho. (1981) #40-SIL17.
|January 1982||Asian American Comparative Collection established in Laboratory of Anthropology
Artifacts from the Asian American Comparative Collection. University of Idaho (2000?) #9-326.
|1983||Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences joins College of Agriculture|
|1983||University Honors Program established|
|1987||This Crested Hill, a centennial history, published|
|February 28, 1987||School of Music named after Lionel Hampton, first in US for a jazz musician|
|January 30, 1989||Time capsule opened at Centennial Celebration|
|Fall 1990||Recycling Program established at UI|
|1992||President appoints David Walker as ombudsman|
|November 1992||University assigned its own ZIP code|
|December 30, 1998||Vandals beat Southern Mississippi 42-35 at first bowl appearance|
|July 1, 2002||Budget crisis forces reorganization; Letters and Science split, Mines and Art & Architecture merged into new colleges|
|October 24, 2002||Albertson building dedicated; first academic building funded entirely by donations|
|May 4, 2003||Idaho Gem, first cloned member of horse family born as a result of fetal cell culture established at UI in 1998|
|Spring 2004||2003 Gem of the Mountains (v. 101) last yearbook published because of declining sales|