High school and college annuals, or yearbooks, offer more insights into a time and place than mere lists of students and snapshots. Social historians study youth culture through the clothes they wore, the clubs they formed, and the themes of the dances they attended. Genealogists use yearbooks to help establish timelines and locate photographs.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, The Bugle, 1905 • Call number: LD5693.V25 B75
Bound to resemble a haversack, The Bugle emphasizes Virginia Tech's early history as a military school.
(VPI mandated participation in the Corps of Cadets until the 1960s.) The photograph captures the Cadet Band.
Yearbooks record a transitional period in one's life. Moreover, in smaller communities, educational institutions figure prominently in the social fabric of residents' lives. Consequently, the memories and emotions evoked by yearbooks rival the nostalgia of family albums. The Virginia Historical Society has high school and college yearbooks from across the Old Dominion in our published collections. Click here for more images.
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