The following exceprt is from the October 3, 2012 edition of the kstatecollegian.com:
The Royal Purple, K-State’s yearbook, has become digitized. According to a Sept. 20 university press release, every edition from 1926 to 2009 will now be available online. The print editions are hosted by a free online database available to anyone [the Internet Archive].
The goal of the digitizing project is to make yearbooks that are no longer in print accessible to potential readers. Cliff Hight, university archivist for Hale Library, said the Royal Purple is “one of the most heavily used resources,” from students who email questions about campus history to people who come to Hale Library to examine the books physically.
The digitization will prevent damage to irreplaceable books and will allow multiple people to view the same publication at once instead of having to set a date with the archives to view the books. Hight said the digitization “provides wider access to a broader audience.”
The digitized yearbooks can be viewed at archive.org/details/kansasstateuniversitylibrariesyearbooks, and hard copies of this year’s book and editions from the last 15 years are available for purchase at royalpurple.ksu.edu.
Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.