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About this Guide
The University Archives is frequently asked about the Cardinal Bird, the University of Louisville's mascot. When was the cardinal chosen as our mascot? Who was the first person to don the mascot costume, and when did this happen? Has he always been known as "Louie"? And, perhaps most important: why does the Cardinal Bird have teeth?
This guide is meant to help answer some of those questions. The evolution of the Cardinal Bird's depiction in print - our athletics logo - has taken a slightly different path than the development of the costume worn by the "live" manifestation, so these are treated separately. You will also find answers to related questions about our colors (red and black) and our participation in intercollegiate athletics.
The University of Louisville by
Call Number: LD3131.L42 C69 2000
Publication Date: 1999-12-22
Dwayne Cox and William Morison trace the twists and turns of the University of Louisville's two hundred year journey from provincial academy to national powerhouse. From the 1798 charter that established Jefferson Seminary to the 1998 opening of Papa John Stadium, Cox and Morison reveal the unique and fascinating history of the university's evolution.
University of Louisville by
Call Number: LD3131.L42 O84 2017
Publication Date: 2017-12-04
Belknap Campus, the historic heart of the University of Louisville (UofL), was laid out just before the Civil War as a city-owned reform school and orphanage. In 1925, the university acquired the site, relocating its undergraduate college and adding an engineering school. This volume is rich with images of student life, from homecoming and campus hangouts to intramurals and sports.