Abilene Christian University Yearbooks

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Abilene Christian University Yearbooks

The Abilene Christian University Yearbooks collection features issues of the Prickly Pear from 1916 through 2007, and include text and photographs about students, professors, sports, and organizations. Notable alumni include Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope, Olympic sprinter Bobby Morrow, Pulitzer prize winning photographer David Leeson, and inspirational author Max Lucado.

Descriptive Summary

  • Title: Abilene Christian University Yearbooks
  • Location: Viewing Room of the Abilene Christian University Library
  • Date Range: 1916 - 2007
  • Number of volumes and linear feet: Ninety-two Volumes in Nine linear feet
  • Language: English

Access and Provenance. The yearbooks are available to the public, by request, for viewing within the Special Collections area of the Brown Library at Abilene Christian University. The Special Collections area is generally open 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Requests do not need to be made beforehand, but the yearbooks may not leave the Special Collections' Viewing Room. Requests for photocopies or scanned images may incur a fee. Additionally, redundant copies of some volumes are available for purchase. These yearbooks were collected by Special Collections from both private donors and from Abilene Christian University. Copyright remains with ACU.

Collection Sketch. The ACU yearbook, "The Prickly Pear", was first published in 1916 and has been published every year since. Each volume is edited by a different student; notable editors include: Batsell Barrett Baxter (1937), Carl Spain (1938), and Charlie Marler (1954). Notable volumes include: the 25th, 50th, 75th and 100th Anniversary Editions in 1931, 1956, 1981 and 2006; the then-controversial 1972 edition and the now-controversial 1928 edition. The 1956 50th Anniversary Edition contains a vinyl record and volumes after 2002 each contain a DVD. Items of special interest include: articles on the new campus (1930), an interview with comedian Steve Martin (1978), and a timeline of campus social clubs (1997). Special Collections maintains this collection as part of its effort to preserve ACU history and to make accessible that history to the public. No volumes are missing from the collection.

Subject Tracings. The yearbooks contain photos of faculty, students, campus organizations, social clubs and sports teams. Many yearbooks also contain original artwork by students, information on and photographs of important events that took place during that year, information regarding the various groups on campus, and/or tributes to faculty, students, or other important persons who had passed away during the year. Also, some volumes contain historical information about ACU (especially in the Anniversary Editions) and interviews and/or biographies on past and present ACU faculty and celebrities who visited ACU.