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University of Detroit Football Collection: University of Detroit vs. George Washington University Program
University of Detroit Chorus Collection: Dinner Dance 1966
University of Detroit Chorus Collection: Spring Tour - 1968
Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection: D.M. Clemson - Port side bow view, about 1905.
Maurice Greenia, Jr. Collections: They know not the meaning of fear
Maurice Greenia, Jr. Collections: Start
University of Detroit Chorus Collection: Cleveland Concert - 1967
Dichotomy: School of Architecture Student Journal
University of Detroit Yearbook Collection: Images '76
Dichotomy: School of Architecture Student Journal
Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection: William E. Corey
University of Detroit Yearbook Collection: University in the Mist 1974
University of Detroit Football Collection: University of Detroit vs. Drake University Program
Dichotomy: School of Architecture Student Journal
Maurice Greenia, Jr. Collections: Double Landscape, 1984
Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection: Stern view, St. Mary's River, early 1980s.
University of Detroit Yearbook Collection: Faces 1976
University of Detroit Football Collection: University of Detroit vs. Villanova

A Tamarack is a type of pine tree with reddish-brown bark and blue-green needles.  It's also the name of a series of publications from the University of Detroit that appeared between 1890 and 1923.  These are considered the first issues of what in 1923 would be absorbed by the Varsity Newspaper that started its publication in 1918.

We are proud to introduce you to the Tamarack digitized collection.  Viewing the pages of the first publication offers readers an excursion to another time.  The experience is like stepping inside the memories of those who are no longer with us.  The generations that were at the beginning of the university experience during those years still, through these booklets, offer you a way of sharing a time when the world was less chaotic and seemingly more fun. 

The Tamarack publications offer more than just a connection to the past.  They include poetry and essays written by those who could be the great grandparents of today's students.  The writing published in these booklets may not have been saved or published anywhere else.  The writing is original and individual; the voice of an age that is now silent.  The wisdom and talent of the young minds of this time are now held forever within these pages, now digitally preserved for generations to come.

Within these pages you’ll discover:

From creative expression to technological expertise, every issue of this periodical, offers a rare glimpse into the cultural history of a growing academic presence that would become the university we know today. 

Tamaracks are distinctive trees and so are the publications that bear their name.  They are not evergreens, however, and neither are the printed materials.  As digitized memories, the University hopes to preserve them for students now and in the years ahead.

Richard Mabey says, “To be without trees would, in the most literal way, to be without our roots.”  (Beechcombings: The narratives of tree) The same sentiment seems to also apply to the history these printed Tamaracks represent.

-- Linda W. Papa, Instructional Designer, Libraries and Instructional Design Studio

 

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