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The Lamp in the Desert: The Story of the University of Arizona
by Douglas D. Martin
foreword by Ann Weaver Hart
University of Arizona Press, 1960
Cloth: 978-0-8165-0049-9 | Paper: 978-1-941451-02-1

With six teachers, no books, and thirty-two students, Old Main opened its doors to the first pupils of the University of Arizona in 1891. A rugged beacon among the cacti, the campus emerged from a forty-acre donation from two gamblers and a saloonkeeper. The Lamp in the Desert is Douglas D. Martin’s history of the first seventy-five years of the University of Arizona. From early football wins by Coach McKale to the work of celebrated scholars, this is a story of the places and the people whose names are still visible reminders of the early innovators that helped to build a world-class institution.

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