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.
1920s Yamacraw Yearbooks
Click on a yearbook cover below. No yearbooks were published in 1922, 1927, or 1928.
1930s Yamacraw Yearbooks
Click on a yearbook cover below. No yearbooks were published in 1933, 1935, 1938, or 1939.
1940s Yamacraw Yearbooks
Click on a yearbook cover below. No yearbooks were published in 1940, 1944, 1945, or 1946.
1950s Yamacraw Yearbooks
Click on a yearbook cover below. The 1954 yearbook was not digitized because of size requirements.
1960s Yamacraw Yearbooks
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1970s Yamacraw Yearbooks
Click on a yearbook cover below. The 1972 yearbook was not digitized because of size requirements.
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. Ask a Librarian if you have any questions about the project.
The digital collections presented on the Library website are owned, held, or licensed by Oglethorpe University and are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that ownership of the materials is properly cited. Any commercial use of the materials, without the written permission of the Philip Weltner Library of Oglethorpe University, is strictly prohibited. If you need additional information about copyright and use of a specific digital collection created at Oglethorpe, please refer to the specific webpage and item of that digital collection. Oglethorpe University is not, under any circumstances, responsible for the unauthorized use or redistribution of digital collections found on this website. For copyright permissions, send an email to Anne Salter, Director of the Library.
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), theCarillon (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 YamacrawA 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. TheYamacraw 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.