UW Lab School Yearbooks Accessible Online

October 10, 2012
Historic photo of four students
Classic yearbook photos such as this one of the 1953 University Prep twirlers can now be seen online. Front row, from left, are Reha Leatham, Marie Bissacca and Mary Jo Quealy. Back row, Yvonne Erickson.

The Tassakooma and Yearling yearbooks from the University of Wyoming Lab School covering the 1920s, part of the 1930s, and 1953-1964 are now available online.

The University of Wyoming Libraries digitized the images.

“These yearbooks are rich with images not only of students, but also of old images of UW and the campus,” says Cass Kvenild, librarian at the Lab School’s Learning Resource Center. “Local history buffs will find much to enjoy in the yearbooks, with photos of Laramie landmarks through the ages, such as Center Pharmacy and Rainbow Grocery.”

Photos of the UW campus through the years provide a glimpse back in time, as do the prom dresses of the 1950s and basketball shoes of the 1920s.

The historic yearbooks are in regular demand, Kvenild says.

“This summer, a Prep alumnus wanted photos of his father’s school days for an 80th birthday celebration,” she says. “An alumna wanted pictures of her graduating class. Providing online access to these historic images is a wonderful gift for Prep alumni.”

As part of the homecoming activities of the UW Lab School’s 125th anniversary celebration, the Learning Resource Center will offer hands-on demonstrations on accessing and viewing the yearbooks online. The UW Lab School will host an open house Friday, Oct. 12, where parents, alumni and community members are invited to sit in on classes, tour the school, visit with students and staff, and drop by the Learning Resource Center.

Although The Tassakooma and Yearling collection is incomplete, UW librarians plan to continue scanning print copies of later years and adding them to the online collection.

“We will gladly accept donated yearbooks that will help complete the collection,” Kvenild says.

To access the online collection, visit the UW Libraries catalog at http://www-lib.uwyo.edu and search for either Tassakooma or Yearling.

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