Seeking a Balance: The University of Saskatchewan, 1907-1982

By Michael Hayden | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 4
The Golden Age of the University: The 1920's

THE FACULTY, THE STUDENTS, and the world all changed between 1919 and 1930. Amid all the changes, and partly because of them, the University of Saskatchewan developed into an institution with continuity and a life of its own. In order to see this it will be necessary to move both backwards and forwards in time in this chapter, but the 1920's will be the major concern.

For alumni of the University of Saskatchewan or any university the great years of the institution tend to be the years that they were in attendance, or perhaps the years just before that -- a time of giants whom they had briefly glimpsed at the beginning of their university days. For those who have studied the history of the University of Saskatchewan, the most important times are the "heroic" years 1909-19, when the university was founded, and the years of growth from the early 1960's to the early 1970's.

In fact, each period of the university's history has its importance. The importance of the 1920's is that these were the years when Walter Murray, with the co-operation of the board of governors and the support of the faculty, worked to diversify and extend the university. The impetus for his action came both from his vision of what the university should be and from his attempts to forestall others from interfering with that vision. In the process, and as a result of it, the university had its Golden Age.

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