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About this collection

Approximately 1,750 images drawn from the forty-nine volumes of student yearbooks The Annual and The Totem (1916-1966).

The Alma Mater Society at the University of British Columbia began publishing a student yearbook, simply titled The Annual when the institution first opened its doors at its original Fairview campus in the academic year 1915/16. Concerned that the publication lacked a distinctive title, the students renamed it The Totem in 1926. The publication included individual photographs of every graduating student as well as group photographs and write-ups on the activities of the student clubs, fraternities and sororities, sports teams and faculties. With the exception of a brief hiatus during the latter part of World War II, the publication provides a rich source of pictorial and narrative history chronicling fifty years of student life at the University. In light of declining sales resulting in significant financial losses and the emergence of several faculty-based yearbooks, the AMS voted by a narrow margin in the spring of 1966 to suspend publication of The Totem.


This collection consists of a selection of approximately 1,750 images, drawn from the forty-nine volumes of the publication. Most of these feature faculty members and group photographs of various student executives and sporting teams.


Photographs appearing in the yearbook were taken by commercial photography studios and also students. Whereever indicated the name of the studio/photographer has been included with the description of the image.


These images are provided for reference and research use only. Permission to publish or otherwise use these images should be obtained from the Alma Mater Society (Archives@ams.ubc.ca).

 
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