Come check out the Archives yearbook collection

Changes have been taking place in the Northern Michigan University Archives this summer and the yearbook collection has been added to and reorganized for more convenient use by patrons. The Northern Michigan University Archives contains university yearbooks published from 1900 to 1980 and are all available for viewing.


Since the university was first established in 1899, there has been a published yearbook form 1900 up to 1980. Since its founding Northern has held various names including; Northern State Normal School, Northern Teachers College, Northern School of Education, to its current Northern Michigan University. Throughout the history of the university the names of yearbooks have changed as well from Kawbawgam, the Campuseer, the Northerner and the Peninsulan.

The yearbook collection is a great way to see how the university has changed since it was first opened. From clothing styles of the 1920’s to the construction and destruction of campus buildings. Greek life was very popular in Northern’s past, see what kind of activities they took part in, including rush day and winter activates. Sports have also come and gone through Northern, gymnastics, field hockey and other clubs. In its pages, you may even find a relative who attended the university.



The traditional yearbooks no longer exist here at NMU, however the Communications and Marketing department publish the Northern Horizons magazine three times a year. By providing news about NMU’s faculty, programs and events, as well as highlighting individuals the activities and accomplishments the Northern Horizons keep alumni and other Northern friends connected with each other, as well as the university.

The archives also contains a number of yearbooks from surrounding schools including, Negaunee and Marquette from the 1920’s and 30’s, as well as the 1950’s from John D. Peirce High School. All yearbooks can be found in the Archives Reading Room. Feel free to stop by and take a look.

Blog written by Morgan Paavola.


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