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The UF Yearbooks Collection contains yearbooks from the University of Florida, held in University Archives.
The first University of Florida yearbook was published in 1910. Originally the editors of the yearbook and those of the Florida Alligator were elected during the student body elections each year. The yearbook was titled The Seminole, a name given prior to the football rivalry between the University of Florida and Florida State University. Except for 1944 when the yearbook was not published due to World War II, the Seminole was published annually until 1973. That year, possibly due to financial difficulties and a change in the student culture, the yearbook ceased publication. In 1983, the students again saw the need for a yearbook and published the Tower, renamed after Century Tower. In the 1980s, the Tower became an agency of Student Government and by 1993 the Tower was receiving annual funding. The Tower continued to be published until 2008 when the yearbook again ceased publication.
The lack of a yearbook did not have an immediate impact. However, now it is obvious that the Seminole and the Tower were not just an aide-mémoire for students. They serve as a primary resource for information about student life and campus culture during any given academic year. The yearbooks are used by researchers, campus administrators, and historians as well as alumni interested in the development and life of the University of Florida.
Through its digital collections, the University of Florida offers public access to a wide range of information, including historical materials that may contain offensive language or negative stereotypes. The University does not endorse the views expressed in such materials.