Weber's next crisis came when, in 1949, Governor J. Bracken Lee vetoed Weber's attempt to become a four-year college. Lee then attempted to give Weber, Snow, and Dixie Colleges back to the LDS Church. In late 1953, Lee succeeded in convincing legislators at a special session to discontinue funding for those colleges. Although the LDS Church did not back the bill, it did promise to maintain the colleges if the state returned them.
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The Weber State University 50th Anniversary Collection is made up of a collection of photographs and oral history quotes that document the moving of Weber College from its original campus in downtown Ogden to its current home on Harrison Boulevard in 1954. The photographs document Weber College’s early days and the struggle to move to a new campus to accommodate the growing student population.