The earliest copy of the yearbook in our possession is from 1900, and was titled the "Neon." It went through several name changes including "The Senior Book" and "Our Book" until the name "Pedagogue" was chosen in 1913. The "Pedagogue" unlike the other renditions of the yearbook, included more than just simple photographs and names of faculty and students, like some earlier editions had. Each club was represented with a photograph and a list of their members, as well as advertisements for institutions that had contributed to the published of the book. This format has not varied.
The yearbook remained under the name "Pedagogue" until 1963 when it was renamed the "Torch." This name change coincided with he beginning of the construction of the new uptown campus. It was an important part of the first edition of the "Torch" since the campus population had been growing rapidly, and this was remarked on in the yearbook itself. In the 1970s' there were multiple editions of the "Torch" which were used as stumps in which the students made political statements or protests. The 1972 copy had photographs of a Vietnamese child's head printed multiple times on each page, intermingled with the photographs of the students. Copies such as this would focus heavily on the level of campus unrest at the University at Albany, as well as across the country. The "Torch" continues to be the published year book for SUNY Albany
This collection is made up of the yearbooks for the New York State Normal College, the New York State College for Teachers, and the State University of New York at Albany, and encompasses the years 1900-2014. For the first ten years there are only copies for the years 1900 and 1904, though proceeding after that every published copy up to 2014 is in our collection.
Collection is arranged chronologically based on the publication year of the book.
Related collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives can be found in the subject guide for Criminal Justice and Prisons.
All items in this collection were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.
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Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.
We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.
Anyone is welcome to visit our Reading Room during normal hours and view the yearbooks. The only exception is the 1974 Torch which is restricted due to the presence of personally identifiable information.
While we can complete remote requests for yearbooks, repeated scans may damage the bindings, so our policy is only to make complete, professional quality scans. The fee for a remote request is $250 per yearbook. Please contact the University Archivist if you are interested in contributing towards scaning a yearbook.
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Yearbook Collection, 1900-2014. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Yearbooks Collection).
|Volume 3||Our Book||1911|
|Volume 4||Senior Book||1912|