Ariana Burns

23 Posts

Hats Off to Our Graduates!

Spring commencement is fast approaching, a special gathering for members of our University of Idaho community before they head off on their next adventure as alumni. The university graduation ceremony is a tradition that harkens back to 12th century European universities. The robe, hood, and cap, known collectively as regalia,... [Read More]

Nell Shipman's Grubstake

Nell Shipman feeding a bear
One of the many characters who inhabit the collections found at the U of I Library’s Special Collections and Archives is writer, film producer, and actor Nell Shipman. She started her production company, Nell Shipman Productions, in California to make her own way in the film industry and eventually moved... [Read More]

Remember Me and Write...

Enlargement of change of address V-mail
Burton French Ellis was a University of Idaho alumnus and a career military officer. Among the books, articles, photographs, and correspondence that make up his papers in Special Collections are letters, cables, telegrams, and V-mail exchanges with his wife, Dee Dee. Letters were a vital touchstone for service people away... [Read More]

The Fabulous Fib

Gale Mix presents pitchfork to Betty Riedman
Throughout its 125-year history, the Argonaut’s various staff claimed that the paper was “never too big to engage in a little frivolity.” They were known to periodically offer contests for the campus community to compete in. There was a contest to name the University’s varsity team; pumpkin carving; best FBI... [Read More]

Queens of Torts

The Just-Us Club

Scrapbook Cover
Recently Dr. Kathy Aiken, professor emerita, Dulce Kersting-Lark, head of Special Collections and Archives, and Haley Noble, head of the Latah County Historical Society came together at the U of I Women’s Center to talk about women’s groups that had and still exist in and around Moscow. In discussing the... [Read More]

The Kiva in the Sky

Kiva rendering
The Kiva was a unique piece of architecture on the U of I campus. Perched atop a pedestal, it looked like a recently alighted spacecraft. Companionways reached out to connect it with its sister facility the College of Education Building. The Kiva was demolished in 2014 as part of the... [Read More]

Noted Educator Aurelia Henry Reinhardt

Esther Thomas scrapbook program
In 1898, the University of Idaho hired Aurelia Henry before she graduated from UC Berkeley to teach elocution and physical culture–physical culture being women’s physical education. While at the U of I, she started the first dramatics club on the university campus. Aurelia Henry poses as Kate Hardcastle in Idaho... [Read More]

The University of Idaho Starburst

Football helmet with UI starburst
Though no longer in use, a keen eye can still spot the University of Idaho starburst in various locations around campus. Also referred to as “the daisy” or “the snowflake,” the starburst was the official logo for the university from 1971-2006. U of I starburst Leo Ames, the creative director... [Read More]