Former BSU Professor Glen Barrett’s Research Files Open for Research

Professor Glen Barrett with a copy of his
book, Boise State University: Searching
for Excellence, 1932-1984

Glen Barrett arrived at Boise State University, then called Boise State College, in June of 1968. In 1984 he published Boise State University: Searching For Excellence, 1932-1984, a book honoring the university’s 50th anniversary.

In creating the book, Barrett compiled almost 600 research files on a variety of topics related to Boise State history. He made extensive use of the materials in Special Collections and Archives and when the work was completed the files were placed back in the archive, processed, and indexed.

Although a finding aid was available to in-person visitors of the archive, Special Collections and Archives is proud to announce that a finding aid for the Glen Barrett Collection on Boise State University is now available online at: http://nwda.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv78878

Did you know that Boise State University was built on the site of the old Boise Airport? If you search the above finding aid you will see that there is a file about this in the above collection. There is also an interview with former Boise State President John Barnes, files related to the history of KAID and KBSU, files on buildings in and around campus, and snippets of campus life.

Glen Barrett’s entire book, as well as the other books written about Boise State History by Eugene Chaffee and Patricia K. Ourada, are available online through ScholarWorks at http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/uni_books/ . Boise State University Special Collections is open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Kent Randell,

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