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WKU Hilltopper Heritage

WKU Traditions & Memories

WKU Hilltopper Heritage is a set of links to sources regarding the history of the university including biographies of faculty, staff and alumni, photographs and departmental histories. Some of the sites are maintained by other departments on campus and may not provide a link back to this site. In that event, use the BACK button on your browser, if you wish to return to this site.

For more information regarding the history of Western Kentucky University please contact the WKU Archives.

Administration Faculty & Staff
Alumni Photographs 
Athletics Special Events
Buildings & Grounds Student Organizations
Collection Inventories WKU Traditions & Memories

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1998 Hail Storm






College High / University High

Kay Myers

Parent Teacher Association


Favorite Professors

Glasgow Normal School

Greek Life

Alpha Phi Omega

Panhellenic Rush - index
See also Student Organizations


Hilltoppers Nicknames

Hilltoppers Quartet


Kissing Bridge

Letter Sweaters

Logos & Symbols

 - Collection Inventory
Photographs - digitized

Marching Band



Training School / College High Memorabilia - Collection Inventory
WKU Memorabilia - Collection Inventory


Amelia Tate Oral History - audio - index
Boyce Tate Oral History - audio - index
College Heights - audio
Dero Downing Interviews
 - audio - Collection Inventory
Donald Zacharias Interviews - audio - Collection Inventory
E.A. Diddle

George Shannon Interview - audio - index
John Minton Interviews
 - audio - Collection Inventory
Kelly Thompson Interviews
 - audio - Collection Inventory
Kern Alexander Interviews - audio - Collection Inventory
Lost River Cave Oral History Project - audio - Collection Inventory
Marti Whitmore Interview
 - audio - index
Nina Hammer Oral History - audio - index
Panhellenic Rush
 - audio - index
Thomas Meredith Interviews - audio - Collection Inventory
Virginia Robertson Oral History - audio - index 
YouTube Channel

Ogden College

Ogden Spirit 
Rodes Myers Scrapbook - Collection Inventory
Rodes Myers Scrapbook - digitized

Oral Histories / Interviews

Amelia Tate Oral History - index
Boyce Tate Oral History
 - index
Dero Downing Interviews 
- Collection Inventory
Donald Zacharias Interviews - Collection Inventory
E.A. Diddle 

George Shannon Interview - index
John Minton Interviews
 - Collection Inventory
Kelly Thompson Interviews
 - Collection Inventory
Kern Alexander Interviews - Collection Inventory
Lost River Cave Oral History Project - Collection Inventory
Nina Hammer Oral History - index
Marti Whitmore Interview
 - index
Thomas Meredith Interviews - Collection Inventory
Virginia Robertson Oral History - index 

Pershing Rifles

Pershing Rifles 


Franklin Studio Photos - Collection Inventory
Franklin Studio Photos - digitized
Goldie McKeel Dunn Curd Photo Album - digitized
Logos & Symbols Photos - Collection Inventory
Logos & Symbols Photos - digitized 
WKU's Beauty Queens - digitized


A Century of Spirit

College Heights Herald

Red Towel 

Scrapbooks / Autograph Books

Alpha Phi Omega

Amelia Smith

Anna Murl Fisher

Bethel Oakley

Beulah Collins

Donnie Love

Edgar Stansbury

Edyth Robinson

Elizabeth Curd Tucker

Georgia McElwain

Goldia McKeel Dunn Curd

Juanita Hood Stockton

Kay Myers 

Nellie Gilmore

Pershing Rifles
Rita Sumpter

Rodes Myers

  • Scrapbook - Ogden College - Collection Inventory 
  • Scrapbook - Ogden College - digitized 

Western Players  


Southern Normal School

Amelia Smith

Beulah Collins

Donnie Love


Stansbury, Edgar


Class Ring - vertical file D2446 available upon request

Training School

Nellie Gilmore

Parent Teacher Association

Rita Sumpter


Vietnam Protests

WKU Founders Day

WKU Spirit

Year in Review


A college is not its campus, its walks, its buildings. A college is an ideal, a spirit, a long tradition, a zeal for more life and more knowledge. It is more than its president, more than its board of control, more than its faculty and students of a single year. A college represents the friendships and the achievements of all the known and unknown people who have made it possible, who have given it a distinct stamp, who have extended it material and moral support, who have interpreted its spirit into useful lives.

~Henry Cherry


Big Red


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 Last Modified 10/6/16