Yearbook: University of Kentucky

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The University of Kentucky has a great archive of their yearbooks online. Like a lot of the yearbooks in my yearbook collection, the UK Kentuckian has gone through a series of name changes

The yearbook started in 1894 under the name Memoria. This name was changed to the Kentuckian by the time the second edition was published in 1901. Two years later the publication changed its name to the Blue and White and the year after that it was renamed the Echoes before changing its name back to The Kentuckian for its next installment in 1906.

Those are the complete early editions, and after 1906 the yearbook was published yearly as the Kentuckian until 1973 after which it was again renamed the KYIAN in 1974 and 1975. The online collection concludes with the 1975 edition, but as good as this collection is, I would expect them to update the available yearbooks very soon.

UK has done a great job digitizing these yearbooks, and they've gone the extra mile with a additional collection of historical pictures and texts regarding Kentucky athletics.

As you can imagine the UK athletic collection has a lot of basketball info, but simply put the football collection itself is the best digitized football-specific collection I have seen of any NCAA program.

From their searchable image archive to the historical University of Kentucky board of trustees minutes, the UK Special Collections and Digital Programs department has a lot to be proud of with this collection. Whether you are a Kentucky Wildcats fan or not, stop over and check out the Explore UK project.


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