In 2019-2020, Colorado State University is celebrating the sesquicentennial of its founding. To spotlight the history, contributions, and future vision of CSU, each month SOURCE will feature a different college that is part of the University as well as other features.

Documentary: ‘The Great Experiment: CSU at 150’

The Great Experiment, CSU at 150 is a full-length documentary about the history of Colorado’s land-grant university, produced in honor of Colorado State University’s 150th birthday. Three years in the making, it includes newly digitized film and video including a CSU/CU football game from 1919.


In the beginning: Colorado Agricultural College

It all started with Abraham Lincoln. Sort of. Yes, the nation’s 16th president signed the Morrill Act of 1862 that created the framework for the founding of one college in every state dedicated to the agricultural and mechanical arts, open to all who wanted an education and supported by the federal government in perpetuity.

Archaeology student using a tape measure at the Claim Building location

Claim Building Dig: Archaeology students help solve a long-buried CSU history mystery

CSU field school students uncover an early part of CSU’s 150-year history in on-campus dig.

Can you pronounce sesquicentennial? Check out who passed the test on this tongue twister.

‘The Impossible Picnic’ at Lego Old Main now on public display in Morgan Library

Old Main has been reborn in miniature, constructed entirely of plastic Lego bricks, as part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration.

A reflection on the original people who lived on these lands

Stories, an interactive photo slider and a quiz on CSU lore

Libbie Coy

Alumna an enduring symbol of educational access and inclusion

Reel CSU Hero

Monthly stories uncovered by film producer Frank Boring

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Educational resources for all: CSU Libraries

The campus library was created when the first president of the Colorado Agricultural College, Elijah Edwards, brought a Webster’s Dictionary into his office. He thumped the heavy book onto a table and declared, “Now we have started our library.”


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The first College: Agricultural Sciences

If it weren’t for wheat, there wouldn’t be a Colorado State University. The Colorado Agricultural College had been authorized by the Territorial Legislature in 1870 – without any funding. Four years later, the legislature finally allocated matching seed money of $1,000 to get the project off the ground, but as the deadline approached, college organizers were a few hundred dollars short of raising their share.

John Matsushima

John Matsushima has dedicated his life to serving Colorado’s livestock industry.

Gary Smith

Gary Smith has incorporated his personal stories into lessons for thousands of students.

CSU Extension

For more than 100 years, CSU Extension agents have been providing research-based solutions.


From shorthand to supply chain: College of Business

The College of Business may be the youngest college on the CSU campus, but business education has been part of the university almost since its founding 150 years ago.


The College of Business has a unique vision of what business education can and should be.


Michael Smith is making a difference in the lives of College of Business students.


Video: The college’s newest classroom is designed to connect students in a whole new way.


From ‘Domestic Science’ to innovative research: College of Health and Human Sciences

Take a look back at the long and storied history of the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Meet one of the most accomplished graduates of Colorado A&M.

Learn more about this project from President Joyce McConnell.

The Richardson Design Center has lived up to the expectations of its namesake.


Learn more about the Fermentation Science and Technology Program.


Beyond the A and the M: College of Liberal Arts

Liberal arts has been essential to the Colorado State University since its first class in 1880.

Students walking on campus

The liberal arts have been essential to Colorado State University since its first class in 1880.

Joe Blake and Scholars

Blake said his gift, the largest in the college’s history, is in recognition of its outstanding, high-quality faculty, students and leadership.

Andy Warhol

Relive Andy Warhol’s 1981 visit to Colorado State University in this “Reel CSU” story.


Innovating throughout history: College of Natural Sciences

Take a look back at key moments in the history of the College of Natural Sciences.


Eldon Dunn shares his memories as a mathematics student in the 1950s.


The Charles Maurer Herbarium is fostering a deeper understanding of Colorado’s ecosystems.

Little Shop

Video: The Little Shop of Physics traveled to Uganda to teach at a boarding school.



From rural roots to modern medicine: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

From the Morrill Act to the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, take a look back at the history of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Vet School Grads

Grads like Thomas W. Stewart served a vitally important role in the history of CSU.


Dogs, cats, bears — oh my! See some of our patients’ stories that made us smile.

vet school

Shea Robinson’s scholarship has given him access to unparalleled opportunities at CSU.


Putting the M in Colorado A&M: Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

A lot has changed in 150 years for the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, but the land-grant mission of teaching, research and outreach – as well as monitoring the weather – remains the same.


Take a look back at Maurice Albertson’s impact on CSU and U.S. volunteerism.


Walter Scott, Jr. has left his mark on the college that bears his name.

Shea Robinson

Shea Robinson’s scholarship has given him access to unparalleled opportunities at CSU.


Beyond the Ranger Factory: Warner College of Natural Resources

Take a look back at the history of the Warner College of Natural Resources in this CSU 150 story.


Warner’s gift in 2005 was the largest in the university’s history.


There’s something you need to know about forests.


The Smith Natural Resources Building features connections to the natural world.


For Joe Sertich, discovering and naming new dinosaurs is all part of his day job.

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