Generations of Success: A Photographic History of Kansas State University, 1863–2013 is a visual celebration of K-State’s sesquicentennial. It traces the institution’s humble beginning as the nation’s first land-grant college created after the passage of the Morrill Act to a comprehensive research university with a vision of becoming one of the top fifty public research universities in the U.S. by the year 2025.
Following a foreword by President Kirk Schulz and an introduction by history professor Bonnie Lynn-Sherow on the significance of the land-grant college, the book provides an engaging illustrative journey through the university’s 150 years. It does so by tracing the evolution of the institution’s academic programs, buildings and campuses, student activities, international presence, and athletic programs that spans thirteen presidential administrations, including the first four years of Kirk Schulz’s tenure, 2009–2013.
The majority of the images come from photographic collections generated in departments on campus and transferred to the University Archives for scholarly use in the Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.Photographic Services in the university’s Division of Communications and Marketing provided most of the color views that enhance the last chapter.
While it is not feasible to cover every noteworthy aspect of K-State’s impressive 150-year history, this book provides the reader with the opportunity to gain an appreciation for the university’s rich tradition and legacy that will continue to produce generations of success.