The Razor-Way-Back Machine

Thanks to a successful crowd-funding initiative, you’ll soon be able to find your parents (or your grandparents, or your great-grandparents, etc.) in the UA’s online yearbook archive

“I THINK he was there between 1947 and 1951—no, wait, maybe it was closer to 1954?”

When you’re an archivist at the University of Arkansas’ Mullins Library, the place where the backlog of school yearbooks—known primarily as The Razorback—is stored, this, or something like it, is apparently something you hear on the regular.

“Oh, all the time,” Amy Allen, university archivist, says with a laugh, mentioning that the only way she and her colleagues have been able to answer these queries is by pulling a yearbook or six off the shelf and flipping on through. Which might be why Amy’s excited to be spearheading a special project, thanks to an $11,000 crowd-funded grant: the digitization of the UA yearbooks, going all the way back to 1897.

If all goes as planned, you’ll be able to peruse each and every UA yearbook online by this summer. In the meantime, Amy’s sharing a few of her favorite finds from Razorbacks past—a little taste of what’s to come once the university’s oldest mementos join the 21st century.

Stay tuned to for news about the Razorback project’s progress.

Photos courtesy of University of Arkansas.