The Oregon State University Libraries & Press is pleased
to announce that a nearly complete run of the OSU yearbooks have been digitized
and are freely available online. The
full text of this important digital collection is keyword searchable and easy
to use. The collection website is
located at http://oregondigital.org/sets/osu-yearbooks
The contents of the OSU Yearbooks website begin with the
first yearbook produced by the school, titled The Hayseed and released in 1894.
Every yearbook published between that date up to the 2012 edition is currently
accessible on the website. The 2013 and
2014 Beaver yearbooks will be added
soon. In total, 109 volumes are
currently available without restriction.
The full text of this digital collection is keyword
searchable, both across the collection and within an individual volume. Users looking for names of students, clubs or
events recorded in the yearbooks will be able to locate information quickly and
easily, simply by typing terms into a search box. Online viewing of given volumes is also user-friendly:
full-screen views and multiple page layouts are available, and users can “flip”
through virtual pages with the click of a button. The website also allows users to zoom into a
page for easy reading.
All of this has been accomplished through the implementation
of a new digital collections platform, called Hydra, which has been developed
jointly by the Oregon State University Libraries & Press in collaboration
with the University of Oregon Libraries.
The OSU Yearbooks website is itself the fruit of a collaboration between
OSU Libraries & Press staff working in three of its divisions: the Digital
Production Unit, Emerging Technologies and Services, and the Special Collections
& Archives Research Center.
The digital yearbooks collection is a major resource for
investigations into the undergraduate experience at Oregon State
University. Particularly in its earlier
decades, the yearbook provided a detailed photographic and textual chronicle of
student life and campus climate, revealing important insight into the evolution
of cultural trends, attitudes, fashions and much more as Oregon State changed
with the times. Research projects of
many types will benefit from convenient online access to this rich collection.
The school yearbook has variously been titled The Hayseed, The Orange and, since 1917, The
Beaver. (Two yearbooks were also
published, in 1900 and 1905, as souvenir editions of The Barometer.) The last ever edition of the Beaver yearbook was published in 2014. Much more about the history of this hugely
important publication is available in an introduction, “Hayseed-Orange-Beaver,
1894-2014” released on the OSU Yearbooks website.