It seems simple, even obvious. But in southern Illinois, it had not been done yet. Nearly four decades’ worth of yearbooks of Shurtleff College (one of the predecessors to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, now SIUE)  have recently been put online.

Shurtleff College, an institution that was housed in the buildings currently used by the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, had yearbooks from 1911 to 1957 that the university has digitized and put online for free. With the university owning the largest collection of Shurtleff yearbooks, SIUE archivist and special collections librarian Steve Kerber said their latest digitization was to showcase Southern Illinois University Edwardsville before it became SIUE.

I find it a wee bit nostalgic, and of course practical, to digitize a piece of history.

We found this inspiring topic on The Telegraph in their article, “Shurtleff College yearbooks put online.”

Melody K. Smith

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