Martha at the Computer, December 2006 (University Archives -- Click to enlarge photo)

In Memory of Martha Wachsmuth: April 30, 1921- May 4, 2015

Former archivist assistant and long-time University employee, Martha Wachsmuth, passed away on the morning of May 4, 2015 at 94 years of age.   The University Archives and Museum mourn her passing while remembering Martha for her faithful service to the University for 41 years, retiring in September 2012 at the age of 91! Martha came […]

2005 (University Archives)

A Given Life: A Center for Social Concern

Reverend Richard Berg, C.S.C. is a Portland native, attending Columbia Prep ’54 for high school, Notre Dame for seminary, and the University of Portland for a PhD in Psychology ’69.  The career circle coming full and fulfilled by serving as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1978-1991; and as emeritus professor since […]

Cannons in front of Science Hall, Chemistry Annex in background, 1958 (University Archives, click to enlarge)

Cannons on the Bluff

One of the Frequently Asked Questions posed to the University Archives and University Museum blog is “Who moved / Where are the CANNONS?” A fixture on the Bluff for nearly 60 years, two vintage United States Army Ordnance Department guns were brought to campus through the efforts of physics professor, Brother Godfrey Vassallo, C.S.C.  One […]


2015 Retiring University Faculty

At the end of the 2014-15 academic year, five members of the University of Portland faculty will retire after many years of service to this institution, making a difference in the lives of untold number of students.    The University gives thanks to our retiring faculty for their dedication and commitment to teaching and learning […]

Rev. John Molter, C.S.C., 1948  (University Archives photo, click to enlarge image)

A Given Life: Return on Investment

In the 1950s Rev. John Molter, C.S.C. (1905-1960) created a campus botanical garden beside Christie Hall.  Planted with his own hands, working together with students, the wild-flowers gathered representatives from every section of the state.  A zoologist by training, Fr. Molter was a man of science, inspirational in both the lab and classroom.  But in […]

Sisters of St. Mary of the Presentation, Arrival around 1903 (University Archives photo, click for full image)

A Given Life: Out of Exile

For those in religious life, their life is not their own and they are often transported to areas or parts of the world where culture and language are not familiar.   Consider the journey of these religious sisters.  The Sisters of Mary of the Presentation were exiled from France in 1901 when an anticlerical government enacted […]

University of Portland seal

A Given Life: Naming rights

The Cross and Anchors rests at the center of the University seal, the symbol of the Congregation of Holy Cross who were intended for the University from the beginning.  The Seal is fixed to the right hand pillar of the main campus entrance on Willamette Boulevard.  As consecrated religious Holy Cross members live by the […]