100 Years of the Jayhawk

For more than a century the Jayhawk has served as a symbol of the University of Kansas. The long history of the Jayhawk goes back to the Kansas Territorial period, 1854-1861. This exhibit, originally featured in the Spencer Research Library exhibit gallery, brings together images and documents found in the University ArchivesKansas Collection, and Special Collections.

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Patrick Bower's, mural of KU Jayhawk portraying the School of Pharmacy, formerly located in the Jayhawk Reading Room of Watson Library, circa 1954

Patrick Bower's, mural of KU Jayhawk portraying the School of Pharmacy, formerly located in the Jayhawk Reading Room of Watson Library, circa 1954.…

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University of Kansas Libraries


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Patrick Bower's mural of a Jayhawk portraying the School of Medicine, formerly located in the Jayhwkw Reading Room of Watson Library, circa 1954

Patrick Bower's mural of a Jayhawk portraying the School of Medicine, formerly located in the Jayhwkw Reading Room of Watson Library, circa 1954.…

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University of Kansas Libraries

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Watson Library Jayhawk Chimney Crest by Ray L. Gamble, 1922

This strange Jayhawk on a crest is labeled for the Library Building and was drawn by Ray L. Gamble, the State Architect, in 1922.

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Jayhawks/Mascots


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1941 Fighting Jayhawk

Dr. Eugene "Yogi" Williams updated the 1929 fighting Jayhawk in 1941 with a more refined, broader beak, fluffed out feathers, and buckles on his…

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Jayhawks/Mascots