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Digital Collections > Yamacraw Yearbooks

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Once you select a yearbook, an Internet Archive page will open, featuring the item. The important links for viewing the item are on the upper-left hand side of the page.

We recommend selecting "Read Online" (in the upper left-hand side of the page). If you select Read Online, you can "flip" the pages by clicking on them.

Each yearbook is full-text searchable (you can search by name, by club, etc.). The search feature is not 100% accurate, however, so please also browse through the pages.

If you would like to download or print the item, select the PDF version once the Internet Archive page opens.

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Collection Background

This project, which brings access to a number of campus publications, was carried out by the Oglethorpe University departments of Development, Alumni Relations, Public Relations, and University Archives.

The collections feature selected editions of University publications, including the Yamacraw yearbooks (1920 – 2008), course bulletins (1916 – 1942, 1965 – 2012), the Carillon (2004 – 2010), the Flying Petrel (1956 – 1973), and a few editions of the Stormy Petrel (1993 – 1994). The original documents are available from the University Archives, housed in the Philip Weltner Library.

This project was made possible by LYRASIS and supported in part through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The collection is hosted by Internet Archive.

Historic Highlights from the Yamacraw

A few of the many interesting facts mentioned in the Yamacraw are listed here, by date of the yearbook.

1920 - The first yearbook of Oglethorpe University was issued by the first graduating class of the re-established university. The Boar's Head Honorary Club was founded in January 1920.

1921 - In 1920 there were only three co-eds at OU, but in 1921 the number increased to fourteen.

1926 - The Yamacraw was dedicated in memory of J. Chester King, donor of the King Library, consisting of some seventeen thousand volumes and located in Lupton Hall.

1932 - Crooner Bing Crosby was called upon to select the co-ed of the year in the beauty contest.

1932 - June 6, 1931 marked the beginning of the radio station WJTL, which was located in Lupton Hall.

1942 - In February 1942 an announcement was made that OU was to have a new building, Faith Hall (now J. Mack Robinson Hall), which was to expand the medical school. The Yamacraw includes a few images of medical students dissecting an elephant, which was later buried behind the Philip Weltner Library (Lowry Hall).

1943 - It was announced that competitive sports at Oglethorpe would be suspended for the duration of the war.

1978 - Dean Rusk, former United States Secretary of State, addressed OU students on January 18, 1978.

1979 - The Atlanta Hawks practiced in the Petrels' Fieldhouse.

1985 - Oglethorpe University proudly celebrated 150 years of excellence on February 13. The Yamacraw makes note of the honorary degrees given during the history of the university, including "the year of the woman," when in 1935 all of OU's honorary degrees went exclusively to women. Among those honored were Amelia Earhart, Martha Berry, and Mrs. Sidney Lanier.

1990 - The first annual "Petrels of Fire" race was conducted at noon in the academic quad. The student runners attempt to circumnavigate the rectangular walkway in the time it takes the bell in Lupton tower to toll twelve times.

1992 - Oglethorpe Day, held February 13th, was used to celebrate the 150th birthday of noted alum Sidney Lanier.

1995 - After an absence of 20 years, radio station WJTL returned to the airways.

2005-06 - OU students extended a helping hand to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Many students spent their Labor Day weekend by offering their time and hands to Angel Flight of Georgia, in an attempt to relieve the plight of Hurricane Katrina survivors.


About the Collection

This online collection features the entire set of Yamacraw yearbooks (1920 – 2008), excluding the 1954 and 1972 yearbooks, which were not digitized because of size limitations of the scanning equipment.

To begin viewing the Yamacraw yearbooks, select a year below.

1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s


1920s Yamacraw Yearbooks

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1920
1921
1923
1924
1925
1926
1929

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1930s Yamacraw Yearbooks

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1930
1931
1932
1934
1936
1937

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1940s Yamacraw Yearbooks

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1941
1942
1943
1947-48
1949

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1950s Yamacraw Yearbooks

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1950
1951
1952
1953
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959

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1960s Yamacraw Yearbooks

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1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969

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1970s Yamacraw Yearbooks

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1970
1971
1973
1973-74
1974-75
1976
1977
1978
1979

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1980s Yamacraw Yearbooks

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1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989

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1990s Yamacraw Yearbooks

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1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1997-98
1999

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2000s Yamacraw Yearbooks

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2000
2003-04
Retro Book, 2001-2005
2005
2006
2007
2008

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