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Portal to the Past: KU’s Yearbook

I find the KU yearbooks to be one of the most informative and entertaining resources in the University Archives. When you open the covers you are transported back to the 1930s, 1960s, or even the 1900s. The yearbooks span from 1873 to the present and depict student life, campus growth, and university history as it was happening.  By 1901 the University’s yearbook was given the name “The Jayhawker.”  The name was chosen by a committee of student representatives from each class with the hope that “The Jayhawker” would become the permanent name of the Annuals of Kansas University.  Their wish came true and the yearbook retains that title today.

The covers on display below have been chosen because they are indicative of the years they represent and are just plain fun – Enjoy!

Becky Schulte
University Archivist

Jayhawker: A Record of Events of the University of Kansas for the Year…
Spencer Library Call Numbers: LD2697 .J3 (Reading Room Reference Collection copy);
UA Ser 69/1 (University Archives copy). Click images to enlarge.

Image of 1902 Jayhawker  Image of 1926-27Jayhawker Yearbook

Above: 1902                                                         Above: 1926-1927
Below: 1927-28                                                       Below: 1930-31

Image of cover of 1927-28 Jayhawker Yearbook      Image of cover of 1930-31Jayhawker Yearbook

Image of cover of 1933-34 Jayhawker Yearbook      Image of Cover of 1934-35 Jayhawker Yearbook

Above: 1933-34                                                Above: 1934-35
Below: 1935-36                                                     Below: 1949

Image of Cover of 1935-36 Jayhawker Yearbook      Image of cover of 1949 Jayhawker Yearbook

   Image of Cover of 1958 Jayhawker Yearbook     Image of cover of 1959 Jayhawker Yearbook

Above: 1958                                                Above: 1959
Below: 1969                                                    Below: 1985

Image of cover of 1969 Jayhawker Yearbook     Image of cover of 1985 Jayhawker Yearbook

Want to browse more yearbooks in person?  Copies of  all of KU’s yearbooks are housed with the reference collection in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library Reading Room (you don’t even have to fill out a paging request). Come in and travel back in time with a KU yearbook!

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13 Responses to “Portal to the Past: KU’s Yearbook”

Hello,

I am trying to find a record of a Gilbert Robert Smith (my grandfather) who went to UK sometime between 1918 and 1923. I have no records or pictures of him, but do know he was a member of the Sigma Delta Chi honorary journalistic fraternity and a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity during that time. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for your question! We’ve sent your query to one of our reference librarians and she’ll be sending you a response.

Elspeth Healey, Special Collections Librarian

I am trying to find my adopted daughter’s birth father. We believe he was a student at KU in 1961. I live in Virginia and am not able to come to Lawrence. Would someone be so kind as to look him up and possibly email us a picture of him. It would mean so much to my daughter to see his picture and any other information you may have about him. Henry Herrington “Hank” Asher. THANK YOU!!!

I would like to pay for a photo copy of Clement C. Wick, graduate of KU in 1900. What do I need to do? Thank you.

my dad told me he played basket ball for ku,,,, his name was harry r dinnel jr would love to know for sure or see an old team photo,,, not sure what year he played.

Harry R. Dinnel III

Miss Sara Catherine Parks became head of the Art Design Dept. in 1923. She was a founding member of the Anderson IN Daughters of the American Revolution. We are trying to document this prestigious appointment. Any photos from yearbooks or information as to how long she held this post would be very appreciated.
Thank you

Thank you for your comment. I am the reference specialist at Spencer Research Library, and I have sent an email to you directly following up on your reference inquiry.

Stacey Wiens, Reference Specialist

I am trying to find a photo of my father that was a KU student in 1965. His name is Russel Stephen Rosen

Hi Steve, I was able to locate a photo of your father in the 1964-1965 yearbook. I emailed you a scan of the relevant page, but the message bounced back. Please contact Spencer at ksrlref@ku.edu so we can resend the scan.

Emily Beran, Library Assistant

Why has the KU yearbook collection not been digitalized and placed online? Most other universities have done this. Why must KU be so backward?

Thank you for your question about digitizing KU yearbooks. We would certainly love to make this rich resource fully and freely available to everyone online. Unfortunately, Spencer currently doesn’t have the substantial funding, staffing, equipment, and other resources that such a large digitization project would require.

KU Libraries has made good progress in other digitization projects involving materials from KU’s University Archives. Out of the one million images in the collection (https://spencer.lib.ku.edu/collections/university-archives/photographs), almost 35,000 have been scanned and made available online (https://luna.ku.edu/luna/servlet/kuvc1ua~1~1). This digitization effort is ongoing. We have also recently completed a project to digitize more than 60,000 documents related to Phog Allen (https://lib.ku.edu/phog) in the records of KU’s Athletic Department. All of these digitized materials can be freely accessed, downloaded, and printed for personal use.

We are always happy to scan selected pages from specific KU yearbooks if there is a particular person, group, or activity that a patron is researching. Additionally, most if not all KU yearbooks have been digitized and made available online through the E-Yearbook website (http://www.e-yearbook.com/Kansas_University_Jayhawker_Yearbook), a fee-based subscription service.

Caitlin Donnelly, Head of Public Services

I am trying to find a KU record for my grandmother, Ruth Jameyson. A cousin thought she graduated in 1910 with a degree in Latin. I believe she met my grandfather there where he played on the basketball team in 1905/6/7. I do have those pictures and articles but no information on my grandmother’s college career. Did she have a photo in the yearbook?

Marilyn Bergen Poppe

Thank you for checking in with us! Yes, Ruth Jameyson did have a photo in the yearbook and we were happy to get that sent to you.

Shelby Schellenger, Reference Coordinator

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