Library Releases Gem of the Mountains Digital Yearbook Collection

Tuesday, October 2 2012


The University of Idaho Library recently released the newly digitized Gem of the Mountains Digital Yearbook Collection. This collection showcases online, downloadable versions of each issue of the Gem of the Mountains Yearbook, which served as the annual for the University of Idaho from 1903 to 2004.

These yearbooks contain a wealth of University of Idaho history. The early volumes feature stories and photographs of long-forgotten traditions, such as an annual sophomore-freshman fight that took place each St. Patrick’s Day, the Homecoming bonfire, and the Gem Beauty Queen awards, which in 1948 were judged by Bing Crosby. All issues are viewable on both desktop and mobile devices and can be browsed in a magazine-like format. The entire collection is full-text searchable, allowing users to search for any University of Idaho alumna or alumnus.