Southern New Hampshire University Yearbooks Available Online

Thursday, August 25, 2011
SNHU Communications Office

Yearbooks from Southern New Hampshire University, dating from 1964-2010, are now available for the public to view in the university’s digital repository, the SNHU Academic Archive.

“Yearbooks are a great way to relive college memories, but they’re also an opportunity to get a sense of the history of the university and see how much we’ve grown,” said Kathryn Growney, library dean.

Users can turn back the pages of history and witness again the growth and changes to the university long known as New Hampshire College. Aerial photos of the campus show the growth of the university from its original location on Hanover Street in Manchester, and provide a colorful illustration of the growth and changes on the current campus.

The photographs and accompanying text document a range of nostalgia, including the New Hampshire College scholarship pageant, social activities, sporting events, Greek life, clubs and organizations, faculty and administrators’ photos, and more. The now-defunct Miss New Hampshire College beauty pageant is featured in each issue until its conclusion in 1990. Soccer and baseball remain consistent throughout the years as a college sport, but trap & skeet and broom hockey also made an appearance. The “Non-Alcoholic Events Committee” featured in 1980 reflects the change in New Hampshire law establishing 20, not 18, as the minimum drinking age.

Memories unfolding from the yearbook pages also include concert photos from bands such as The Ramones and The Romantics (1982 and 1986, respectively), as well as performances from up-and-coming comedians such as Richard Pryor (1968).

A related exhibit, “History of SNHU,” will be on display in October in the Pantano Gallery, located in the Shapiro Library. A reception is being planned to coincide with SNHU’s Alumni Weekend.

The project was completed by the Digital Initiatives department of the Shapiro Library, and made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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