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Pitt Yearbooks

What's online?

This collection features a complete set of The Owl yearbooks, dating from 1907 to 1980, as well as Panther Prints yearbooks from 1981 to 2011.

Like many other colleges and universities, the University Library System (ULS) has digitized the University of Pittsburgh’s annual yearbooks and provides their online access to the research community. In doing so, the ULS does not endorse the views expressed in such materials, but rather reminds researchers that the yearbooks must be viewed in the context of the time in which they were originally created.

What's in the entire collection?

While the School of Arts and Sciences is thoroughly represented in this online collection, the University Archives also has several issues of the Hippocratean, the Medical School's yearbook.

About the Pitt Yearbooks

The Owl began publication in 1907 as the yearbook of the junior class of the Western University of Pennsylvania. The 1910 issue was the first yearbook for the newly renamed University of Pittsburgh. In 1931 the yearbook staff decided to focus the yearbooks on the senior class instead of the junior class and so published a transition volume dated 1930/31.

The yearbook documents the students and activities of the College (later the College of Arts and Sciences) and most of the Schools. The School of Medicine issues a yearbook called the Hippocratean. During the years that the Hippocratean was published, the students of the School of Medicine were not included in The Owl.

In 1981 the yearbook’s staff decided to change the name to Panther Prints to reflect a new approach to the coverage of campus events that the yearbook would provide. The yearbook continued to use that name until is ceased publication in 2013.

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