The Gopher Yearbook

From the Archivist: Occasional posts related to University history

By Erik Moore

For 80 years the University of Minnesota junior class published an annual yearbook simply titled, the Gopher.

In 1888, University of Minnesota students published the first volume of the Gopher yearbook. The tradition of an annual yearbook continued through 1967. Each Gopher yearbook has a unique style and flourish of its own. View a few of the interesting pages from the volumes below, and then find more on your own!

The first Gopher, 1888. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134793.
The first Gopher, 1888. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134793.

 

Flower power in the 1899 Gopher. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134804.
Flower power in the 1899 Gopher. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134804.

 

Campus view, 1917. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134822.
Campus view, 1917. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134822.

 

The 1919 volume highlights the involvement of students in the war in Europe. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134824.
The 1919 volume highlights the involvement of students in the war in Europe. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134824.

 

A late Art Nouveau take on the University, 1921. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134826.
A late Art Nouveau take on the University, 1921. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134826.

 

1927 oil painting of Pillsbury Gate. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134832.
1927 oil painting of Pillsbury Gate. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134832.

 

The 1930 supplement to the Gopher includes this Art Deco image of Northrop Auditorium. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134836.
The 1930 supplement to the Gopher includes this Art Deco image of Northrop Auditorium. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134836.

 

The 1932 Gopher is dedicated to the legend of Paul Bunyan. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134838.

The 1932 Gopher is dedicated to the legend of Paul Bunyan. Available at http://purl.umn.edu/134838.

The Gopher yearbooks are available for browsing at the University Archives or online!

—Erik Moore is the University Archivist and Co-Director of the University Digital Conservancy. To learn more about the University of Minnesota Archives, please visit www.lib.umn.edu/uarchives.

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