Published from 1935-2011, the Worcester State University yearbooks document student life and academic programs.
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 from the late 1960s onward, other titles appear including Transitions and Accolade.
The entire Worcester State yearbook collection was digitized in 2015 and is available online through the Internet Archive, with links to individual books in the box below. Print editions from 1935-2011 are available for viewing in the Archives and Special Collections reading room, LRC room 328 A. Not all years are available in print. To view the finding aid for print editions, visit the collections page of this guide.
Browse the collection or click on a year below to view a particular volume.
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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.
The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library providing free access to digitized materials, including web sites, software applications and games, music, movies and videos, moving images, and nearly three million public-domain books. It also features the Wayback Machine, a digital library of more than 5 billion archived web pages.
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.
In 1935, only a few years had passed since the Worcester Normal School became the Worcester State Teachers College and moved to the Chandler Street campus. Students and faculty were also experiencing the worst years of the Great Depression, so the class of 1935 knew that challenging times lay ahead.