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!
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.
Above: 1902 Above: 1926-1927
Below: 1927-28 Below: 1930-31
Above: 1933-34 Above: 1934-35
Below: 1935-36 Below: 1949
Above: 1958 Above: 1959
Below: 1969 Below: 1985
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!