A Century of Memories
- LUCAS ADAMS
Anyone wondering what Southwestern University was like in earlier days can now find out with just a click of a mouse.
The university’s Special Collections has digitized all the issues that were ever printed of the student yearbook, which was called the Sou’wester. The books can be found online at https://archive.org/details/southwesternuniversity
The Sou’wester was published yearly from 1904 to 2002, with the exception of 1918, 1919 and 1997-1999. The old issues provide a wealth of information on early professors, buildings and student life at Southwestern. They also have a lot of early photos of Georgetown and advertisements from local businesses that have catered to students over the years.
“We hope that alumni who don’t own yearbooks will enjoy strolling down memory lane now that they can access the Sou’westers for the years that they were at Southwestern,” said Kathryn Stallard, director of special collections and archives.
Stallard said the online yearbooks are also a valuable resource for staff in the Alumni and Creative Services offices, who can use them to download images.
Since the yearbooks became available this year, Stallard said the most frequently downloaded yearbook is the 1926 yearbook with 301 downloads. Other popular issues are the 1931 yearbook, which has had 235 downloads, and the 1916 yearbook, which has been downloaded 230 times.
Stallard sent the old yearbooks to Indiana to be digitized through a non-profit library consortium called LYRASIS. She and other staff members in Special Collections showed alumni attending the 2013 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend how to find the yearbooks online and search them.