Eccles Library 50th Anniversary Groundbreaking Display

Mike Thelin

Mike Thelin
Editor, History of the Health Sciences

EHSL Ground Breaking

On the morning of Tuesday, November 25, 1969, ground was broken formally beginning the construction of the new, much-needed medical library on the upper campus of the University.  The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is remembering the activities of that day with a display located on the main level adjacent to the portrait gallery of the library.

The display features the film taken that day of the groundbreaking ceremonies and fascinating aerial tour of the then campus.  Included in the display case are pictures of the program participants, historical documents that detail the day’s planning and logistics. Student newspaper clippings, showing the hardships of having to make-do in the basement of the Medical Center B Level before the new library opened in 1971, and a report of the groundbreaking events are also included.

Accompanying the display is Part 1 of the History of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library that is an on-going, decade-by-decade digital exhibition which will highlight events, faculty, and staff who have contributed to its rich legacy.