Throughout campus history, UCLA has made an impression on the world during challenging times. The images below can be found in UCLA Library’s Digital Library and on Picturing UCLA, an online collection of images celebrating 100 years of Bruins.






1. “Swabbies” from the Navy’s V-12 Program gave UCLA’s campus military flair in the 1940s. Active during World War II, the training program was “one of the country’s best sources of naval officers,” according to 1943’s Southern Campus yearbook.









2. From the first open heart surgery, to tissue-matching for organ transplants, to landmark cancer treatments, UCLA has a history of medical breakthroughs. UCLA medical students like these from 1965 have frequently gone on to greatness.











3. Student protests of the Vietnam War included commencement in 1970, when graduate Cathy Wolfe wore a peace symbol on her cap, and she and Sharon Griffith wore “Peace Now” armbands.











4. In 1950, Ralph Bunche ’27 was the first person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Bunche, a self-described “incurable optimist,” was awarded for successfully negotiating a cease fire in the Middle East in 1949. 











5. In recent weeks, the UCLA Library has nimbly adjusted to supporting remote learning. In 1992, the innovative solution to house books, librarians, and students during seismic retrofitting of Powell Library was affectionately known as “Towell.”














6. In 1981, UCLA students demonstrated outside an anti-nuclear war teach-in to get the attention of Governor Jerry Brown, who spoke at the event.