The name Seeley G. Mudd is known far and wide along the archipelago of American colleges and universities. Born in 1895, Mudd, a native of Colorado, was a Columbia undergraduate who went on to Harvard Medical School. He became a successful cardiologist and a member of the faculty at Cal Tech. He gave away substantial sums both during his lifetime (he died in 1968) and afterwards through a foundation to help in “the construction of buildings for teaching, learning and research.” There are dozens of these buildings, mostly on fairly prestigious campuses, and they’re all named after him.
I found this set of pictures on a contact sheet in the Campus Photographer collection. They seem to have been taken at and just before and after the dedication ceremony. I’m most interested in the interior shots. If anyone would like to chime in with an explanation of what we’re seeing here, it would be most welcome:
Tomorrow, a nice surprise from this same batch of images.