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With the 40th anniversary of the first appearance of the Aubie mascot fast approaching, the Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries recently opened an exhibit tracing the development of the beloved mascot from his drawn origins to his award-winning glory.

The exhibit, designed and executed by library technical specialist Lisa Glasscock, contains artifacts and photos that follow the development of Aubie.

After some initial drawings in newspapers, Aubie made his first appearance on the cover of an Auburn football program Oct. 3, 1959 for the Auburn versus Hardin-Simmons game. Drawn by Phil Neel, an artist for the Birmingham Post-Herald, this cartoon Aubie went on grace many more Auburn programs.

Simmons game. Drawn by Phil Neel, an artist for the Birmingham Post-Herald, this cartoon Aubie went on grace many more Auburn programs.

In 1979 the Auburn Student Government spirit director, James Lloyd, with the help of Auburn Alumni Association members, bought the first Aubie costume, giving the university a live mascot. Purchased from Brooks-Van Horn Costumes of New York City for $1,350.00, the costume made its debut at the Feb. 28, 1979 Southeastern Conference basketball tournament – and was an instant hit.

Since his inception as a live mascot, Aubie has won a record-breaking nine USC national mascot competitions. His first was in 1991 and his most recent was in 2016.

The Aubie exhibit, which will run through May 2019, is located on the first floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library and is open to the public during all regular library hours.