Tradition in the Making

Herring Hall 1906
Herring Hall 1903 was named in honor of the Col William Herring who arranged the
gift from the Copper Queen Mining Company and Dr. James Douglas who suggested it be
named for Col. Herring a leading territorial attorney. On December 9, 1898, Herring's
daughter Harriet had married Selim Franklin the legislator who was so instrumental in
bringing the University to Tucson and the needed funding when he was agriculture dean.
March, 1990, I had a visit with Gladys Franklin Carroll in the historic Franklin home. TKM
Science Hall
Science Hall during construction in 1909. Dr Andrew E. Douglass helped design
the science laboratories and he installed a telescope on the roof. It was often remodeled
for various uses. Downstairs was used for Liberal Arts, Education. I had zoology classes
upstairs. It is now the Communication Building. TKM

During the first decade of the new century changes were taking place on campus. Three buildings were built that are (surprise) still standing in 1990. As mentioned, one is Herring Hall near South Hall. The other two, Library and Museum, and Science, face each other across main campus drive in front (west) of Old Main. They are of similar style. When looking at pictures of the buildings, one may be mistaken for the other. Both are three floors high with the first two brick, the third tan plaster with diamond shaped brick design in each comer. These brick designs are different, as are the front entrance doors. Science Hall is larger.

Illustration of university showing science hall and other buildings.
Drawing illustrating the UA in 1906

The University library was a room in Old Main. A library building was needed. In order to be sure to get the $30,000 needed to build a library building; the territorial museum, president's office and some classrooms were included in the proposed plan for this building. Finished during the school year 1904-05, the library, museum and president's office later moved to other buildings.

This building has had five name changes; it is currently called the A. E. Douglass Building. Dr. Douglass, a distinguished astronomer, came in 1906. Now remembered for his early work in dating prehistoric structures by measuring tree rings, he had a long and productive career at the University. I remember him as a quiet and pleasant man with courtly manners.

Douglas Building 1904
Library and Museum built in 1905. To the left and right in the distance are Herring Hall
and South Hall. This building was the College of Law from 1926 to 1959. Moot Court with
student attorneys was held downstairs on the north side. Before air conditioning windows
were open so anyone walking past could see and hear the court. Named Psychology and
Old Psychology 1960-1979, it was named Douglass Building in 1980. TKM Compare to
this photo taken in December 2007. PPS


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