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Yearbook records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-14-030

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The records of the Yearbook (Debutante, Hopkinsian, Hopkins Medley and Hullabaloo) consist of issues of each yearbook from 1889 to the present, as well as photographs, negatives and slides published in the yearbook from 1976 to 1985, and artwork displayed in the yearbook. There is no correspondence, nor are their any business or financial records pertaining to publication of the Yearbook. The record group is divided into five series: (1) Issues of the Yearbook, 1889-present; (2) Photographic Prints, 1976-1985; (3) Photographic Negatives, 1978-1983; (4) Photographic Slides, 1979-1982; and (5) Artwork, 1892- 1928 and 1983-1985.


  • Creation: 1889-1985


Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.


The first student publication at Johns Hopkins was the yearbook, first published in 1889 under the title of Debutante. The senior class published the book with the support of the Administration. The first volume contained contributions from several members of the faculty, including a lead article by President Gilman. The Class of 1890 published a yearbook entitled Hopkins Medley; although they hoped it would be the first of many under that title, the Class of 1891 called their book the Hopkinsian. The Class of 1892 adopted the title Hullabaloo after a popular school yell. The Class of 1893, perhaps to spite the Class of 1892, went back to the Hopkinsian. The Class of 1894, however, returned to the title Hullabaloo and the yearbook has been known by that title ever since.

The first volumes of the yearbook served to provide a journalistic and literary outlet for students. When the News-Letter began publication in 1897, the staff of Hullabaloo felt less of a need to be diverse, and the main purpose of Hullabaloo became, in the words of one editor, to serve as a "memory stimulant."

The first yearbooks contained information about the University, the faculty, the classes, student organizations and athletics. They also contained advertisements as well as essays, poetry and fiction contributed by the students and faculty. In the early books, the illustrations were mostly drawings, with few photographs; as new techniques were developed and the cost of publishing photography decreased, the yearbooks contained more and more pictures. The Class of 1898 was the first to have individual photographs of class members. Around the turn of the century, Hullabaloo began to change its appearance, with more photographs and class information and less literary writing. This trend continued, so that, by the 1920s, the yearbooks were quite different from the earliest ones.

The yearbooks continued to be published by and devoted to the senior class until the late 1930s and 1940s, when eligibility for membership on the staff was broadened; more underclassmen became involved and less emphasis was placed on the senior class.

The yearbooks continued along the same format until the late 1960s, when Hullabaloo switched its emphasis from information about classes to creative writing. Artistic photography was used heavily, some literary writing was re- introduced and informative writing (including, in many cases, names and captions) was cut down or eliminated. Today's yearbook has gone back to a more informative format, yet still incorporates some of the creative ideas adopted in the 1960s.


16.84 Cubic Feet (1 record center carton, 24 letter size document boxes, 1 letter half-size document box, 12 legal size document boxes, 2 flat boxes (15.5 x 12 x 3 inches))

Language of Materials



The Milton S. Eisenhower Library and the Office of Alumni Relations provided the Archives with many of the older yearbooks. Other yearbooks were the gift of Alumni, including: Donald White, B.A. 1928; Albert D. Hutzler, Jr., B.A. 1937; Emmanuel Kaplan, B.A. 1931; Sidney Adler, B.A. 1935; Jean Holman, daughter of Albert B. WIlliams, B.A. 1923; Donald W. Strader, B.A. 1976; Karl M. Levy, B.A. 1936; John A. Sauer, B.E. 1925; C. Wilson Josselyn, B.A. 1928; and F. Millard Foard, B.A. 1920.

Accession Number

77.43, 78.10, 78.36, 79.85, 79.94, 79.109, 79.113, 79.117, 79.151, 80.7, 81.5, 81.7, 81.17, 81.44

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Sean DiGiovanna and Wendell O'Brien.

Yearbook records
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA