University of Scranton Yearbooks Collection Guide

University of Scranton Yearbooks

Collection Guide


Yearbooks published by students at The University of Scranton, St. Thomas College, and St. Thomas High School.
Subset of University of Scranton Archives
Students of the University of Scranton
Date Range
1916 - Present
83 volumes

Access and Use

Digital Access

Volumes dated 1916-2017 have been digitized and are publicly available online.

Physical Access

Print volumes may be browsed in the Weinberg Memorial Library's Reference Collection or viewed by appointment in the Reading Room of the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections.


Materials in this collection generally fall under the copyright of the University of Scranton. These materials are publicly available for personal, educational use. Please contact the University Archives staff for permission for other uses.

Issues dated prior to 1923 are believed to be in the public domain and may be used without restriction.

Preferred Citation

[Title of Book], [Year of Publication], University of Scranton Yearbooks, University of Scranton Archives. [Reference URL for digitized volumes]

Linked Data


Administrative/Biographical History

St. Thomas College published its first yearbook in 1916. Until 1948, however, publication was inconsistent. During this early period, the name of the yearbook changed several times, from the Aquinas (1916-1925) to Vision (1927-1928) to Purple (1936) to Labarum (1939-1940). In 1948, the name Windhover was chosen, in reference to "The Windhover," a 1918 poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. (1844-1889).

As the 1948 yearbook staff wrote, "We feel that the word, Windhover, is symbolic because of the habits of this bird. More commonly known is the falcon, it is famous for loyalty to the master who trained it. We believe that, like the falcon, we have been trained and as we fare forth, it is with the hope that we may return to our trainer, Alma Mater, at least in spirit, through the pages of this Year Book."

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes a full set of yearbooks published by students at the University of Scranton and its predecessor, St. Thomas College. The collection also includes three yearbooks from St. Thomas High School, the preparatory division of St. Thomas College.


St. Thomas College

University of Scranton

St. Thomas High School

Processing Notes


Yearbooks dated 1916 - 2007 were digitized in 2008 by OCLC Preservation Services in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Pages were scanned at 300 dpi in TIFF format. Yearbooks dated before 1916 - 1987 were scanned entirely in grayscale (8-bit). For yearbooks dated 1988 - 2007, color pages were scanned in full color (24-bit) with the remaining pages scanned in grayscale (8-bit). Derivative images in JPEG2000 format were uploaded into our CONTENTdm digital platform for publication in 2009.

The 1929 St. Thomas High School Remembrance was borrowed for digitization from the La Salle University Archives in 2009. Digital images were captured in TIFF format at 300 dpi, 24-bit color.

The 1919 Aquinas was digitized in-house in 2012.

Recent volumes (2008-present) are digitized in-house as staff time allows. Page images are captured at 300 dpi, 24-bit color in TIFF format, using an Epson Expression 10000 XL.

Student Privacy and Removed Pages

At the request of the University's Office of Alumni Relations, directory pages containing student addresses and phone numbers were removed from the digital versions of the 1988 through 2003 yearbooks (starting in 2004, published yearbooks no longer included directories). These pages may be viewed in the print yearbooks, available in the University Archives reading room.

An additional single page was removed from the 2007 yearbook at the request of the University's Office of General Counsel.


Metadata from this collection is exposed via Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Known, active harvests include: