The Worcester State University yearbooks document student life, academic programs, and campus events from 1935-2011. Yearbooks feature photos and information about students, faculty, staff, and campus events. Some include student artwork, prose, or poetry. Most editions are titled The Oak Leaf but, by the late 1960s, other titles appear including Transitions and Accolade.
The entire Worcester State yearbook collection was digitized in 2015 and is available online through the links below. Print editions from 1948-2011 are available for viewing in the Archives and Special Collections reading room, LRC room 328 A. To view the finding aid for these, visit the collections page of this guide.
Worcester State yearbooks are online.
Browse the collection or click on a year below to view a particular volume.
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The forward to this inaugural edition of the Oak Leaf introduced readers to the yearbook's title:
Just as the Oak Tree sturdily and staunchly bears up under the strongest wind to become mighty in its triumph, so too does the State Teachers College prevail over every obstacle. It was this same spirit which moved those of the old State Normal School to adopt the oak leaf as their emblem. In that spirit, we, too, have chosen The Oak Leaf as the most fitting title for this book, the record of the class of 1935.
At the time this was written, only a few years had passed since the Worcester Normal School became a State Teachers College and moved to a brand new campus, but students and faculty were also experiencing the worst years of the Great Depression. The class of 1935 knew that challenging times lay ahead.
The Worcester State yearbooks were digitized through a 2015 grant from Digital Commonwealth: a non-profit organization supporting creation, management, and dissemination of cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts institutions. The project was funded entirely by state and federal funds at no cost to the University.