AU ‘Discover Auburn’ series begins with history in photographs

AUBURN – Auburn University will launch its “Discover Auburn” series with a history of AU in photographs Thursday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph B. Draughon Library.

Jack Simms, AU graduate and first head of AU’s Department of Journalism, will present this photographic history of AU using images ranging from those of Old Main Hall to recent still
photographs in electronic publications.

Photographs show AU’s past in a way that textual documents alone cannot, but require careful selection and analysis to convey an accurate perspective. Simms draws on decades of experience in the selection and description of images in this photographic depiction of AU history.

Simms received a B.S. degree in journalism and English from Auburn in 1949, headed the AU Department of Journalism from its founding in 1974 to 1992, and collaborated with Mickey Logue to produce “Auburn: A Pictorial History of the Loveliest Village.”

This lecture is part of the spring semester’s “Discover Auburn” series, sponsored by the AU Libraries, the Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and the AU Bookstore.

For more information on the lecture series, call (334) 844-1732.

(Contributed by Mark Wilson.)

Contact: Mark Wilson, (334) 844-4948 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (