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Ransom Hall, Circa 1960

Random Hall in 1960

The winter of 1960 saw a particularly powerful snowstorm hit North Texas dropping 10 inches of the white stuff in some places. While it’s not clear if that particular storm accounted for this wintry photo of Ransom Hall, which at that time housed the University’s administration offices, Evelyn Barker, director of marketing and communications for UTA Libraries, says the air conditioners perched in a few windows help date the photo to around 1960. This image is one of thousands of campus photos in UTA Libraries Special Collections, a treasure trove of the University’s past mined by Barker and librarian Lea Worcester for their new book The University of Texas at Arlington. The 128-page paperback, published by Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History Series, chronicles UTA’s history through three centuries and eight name changes as it evolved into a model, urban research institution that will educate more than 55,000 students this year.

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