This collection features yearbooks published by students at The University of Scranton and its predecessor, St. Thomas College. While the first yearbook was published in 1916, publication was not consistent prior to 1948. 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 Gerald 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."
The collection also includes three yearbooks from St. Thomas High School, the preparatory division of St. Thomas College: the 1924 Aquinas High School Annual, the 1925 Aquinas, and the 1929 Remembrance.
The print yearbooks are preserved in the University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library’s Special Collections and University Archives and may be viewed by appointment.