It’s 225 years for the University of Tennessee!

By Ralphine Major

The snapshot surfaced as I combed through a stack of old photos.  It was made with my Kodak Instamatic during the seventies, a few years before I upgraded to a 35-millimeter camera.  My brother and I were students at The University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville.

Wayne and I knew there would come a time when our course work would be finished, and the university would no longer be part of our day.  We spent an entire afternoon on the Knoxville campus photographing many of the landmarks we had come to know.  One of those photos shows us in front of the John C. Hodges Undergraduate Library across from the Glocker Business Administration Building.  In those days, the library still operated on the card system to research for books.  Computers were still in the future.  The former Glocker Business Administration Building is now the updated James A. Haslam II Business Building.

Today, the grassy lawn in front of the library on Volunteer Boulevard has disappeared under the building’s expansion.  The library has grown to accommodate and serve the generations of students who come to UT to continue their education.  Happy 225th Anniversary to The University of Tennessee-Knoxville!

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