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Black and white photograph of students at Gustavus Adolphus College c.1972.

Students at Gustavus Adolphus College

Students at Gustavus Adolphus College c.1972. Photographed by staff of the Gustavian Weekly student newspaper for an article published on December 8, 1972.

Black and white photograph of students at Gustavus Adolphus College c.1972.

Gustavus Adolphus students

Students at Gustavus Adolphus College c.1972. Photographed by staff of the Gustavian Weekly student newspaper for an article published on October 27, 1972.

Black and white photograph of Ron Ford, coordinator of the Black Student Organization at Gustavus Adolphus College in the 1970s.

Ron Ford

Ron Ford, coordinator of the Black Student Organization at Gustavus Adolphus College in the 1970s. Photographed by staff of the Gustavian Weekly student newspaper for an article published on December 8, 1972.

African American Students at Gustavus Adolphus College,1963–1982

Founded by Swedish Americans in St. Peter in 1862, Gustavus Adolphus College attracted a mostly white student body for much of its history. In the 1960s, the college took steps to diversify its campus by recruiting and retaining African American students from the South. This effort made Gustavus unique among Midwestern liberal arts colleges.

Black and white photograph of Mankato State Normal School, 1871.

Mankato State Normal School

Mankato State Normal School, 1871.

Black and white photograph of Julia Ann Sears, c.1872.

Julia Sears

Julia Ann Sears, c.1872.

Mankato State Normal School controversy, 1873

In August 1872, Julia Sears (1839–1929) was hired to head the Mankato State Normal School. Upon taking the job, she became the first woman to hold such a position of power in a coeducational institution of higher learning in the United States. Her leadership challenged traditional gender roles at teachers’ colleges but led to controversy when the local school board replaced her with a man.

Black and white photograph of students at Casa Coronado Restaurant, 154 E. Fairfield, 1947.

Students at Casa Coronado Restaurant, 154 E. Fairfield

Students at Casa Coronado Restaurant, 154 E. Fairfield, 1947.

Black and white photograph of Lafayette School, corner of Kentucky and Fenton, the only public school in the Flats, c.1921.

Lafayette School, corner of Kentucky and Fento

Lafayette School, corner of Kentucky and Fenton, the only public school in the Flats, c.1921.

Black and white photograph of Lafayette School, 1917

Lafayette School

Lafayette School, 1917. Image from Aronovici, Carol. Housing Conditions in the City of Saint Paul. St. Paul: Amherst H. Wilder Charity, 1917, 80

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