History

In 1868, Jesup Wakeman Scott had a dream. The Toledo newspaper editor believed that the center of world commerce was moving westward and by 1900 would be located in Toledo. In 1872, Scott donated 160 acres of land as an endowment for a university to train the city's young people. (That land later became the Scott Park Campus.)

The Toledo University of Arts and Trades was incorporated on Oct. 12, 1872. It created the foundation for 150 years of life-changing education, cutting-edge research and thousands of alumni who make an impact around the world.

A group of graduates in caps and gowns walking on campus

Founder’s Day Lecture

“Ten Events That Shaped 150 Years”

Oct. 12, 2022, at 3 p.m.

Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, fifth floor of Carlson Library

The anniversary historical exhibition opens with a lecture by Barbara Floyd, retired university archivist. Floyd will focus on 10 events that were key in shaping the University. She is the author of the upcoming book “An Institution for the Promoting of Knowledge: The University of Toledo at 150.” President Gregory Postel will offer opening remarks.


Sesquicentennial Exhibitions

The Art and Design of the Blockhouse

August 29, 2022 - May 5, 2023

Carlson Library

A look at how the art and design of The Blockhouse evolved throughout its 50 year existence. 

The idea for The Blockhouse began in 1920 and debuted in 1922. For the next 50 years, the Blockhouse staff faithfully published the annual to document the activities of The University of Toledo.

The Blockhouse Reading Room

August 29 - November 4, 2022

Carlson Library

Come and enjoy our new South Gallery space on the first floor of Carlson Library and take the opportunity to flip through a collection of The Blockhouse yearbooks provided by the Canaday Center for Special Collections. There will also be a multimedia slide show of student life over the past 100 years.

Vision, Faith and Hard Work

Opens Oct. 12, 2022

Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, fifth floor of Carlson Library

The exhibition explores the main events that shaped The University of Toledo since its founding in 1872. It features photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, ephemera and artifacts.


The Story of UToledo

“An Institution for the Promoting of Knowledge: The University of Toledo at 150,” by author Barbara Floyd, explores the vision behind the University’s founding, from the moment Jesup W. Scott donated 160 acres of land to its current role as a pillar of northwest Ohio.

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Cover of book with aerial photo of University Hall during the fall


Gilham Hall when it was being built in 1953.

A Walking Tour Through History

Our self-guided tour visits Main and Health Science campus locations that have been important throughout UToledo’s 150-year history. You can take this tour virtually or in person.

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