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About the Collection

The first yearbook of the University of Wisconsin was published in April 1884 and called the Trochos, which is a Greek word for badger. The second yearbook, also called Trochos, was not published until 1887. The first Badger was published in February 1888, and the Badger was published until 2003, with one hiatus in 1973-74. The Alumni Association helped publish volumes for those two years which basically only contain student photographs.

A confusing fact is that until 1932 the yearbooks were done by the junior class and the date on the cover is the class year of the junior class. Thus the first Trochos has '85 on the cover, and the first Badger, although published in 1888, is called the '89 Badger. This means, for example, that a person who was a senior in 1910 would have their senior photograph in the 1911 Badger. Also, the yearbooks covered athletic and social events of the year, or even two years, before the date on the yearbook. In 1932, the yearbook became a senior class publication; there are two 1932 yearbooks, and afterwards the date on the yearbook is of the senior class.

Also remember that many people did not have photographs in the yearbook, so you may not find a senior picture, although you may find a person in a group photograph of a fraternity, sorority, sports team, etc. Also, because the Badgers were often printed on colored paper, with various type fonts, images on pages with text over them, etc., the search engine may not work well. You may want to browse individual years of the Badger.


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Wisconsin Alumni Magazine

The Wisconsin alumni magazine

Volume 1, Number 1; Oct. 1899

The Wisconsin Alumni Association has published a magazine continuously since October 1899. The publication was called the Wisconsin Alumni Magazine from 1899 to 1935 (volumes 1-37), the Wisconsin Alumnus from 1936 to 1988 (volumes 38-89), and the Wisconsin Alumni from 1988-90 (volumes 90-91). In 1990 the publication became On Wisconsin.


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The Wisconsin Engineer The Wisconsin Engineer was first published in June 1896 by the College of Engineering of the University of Wisconsin, and it continues to this day. For recent issues, see The Wisconsin Engineer


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The Badger Chemist

Badger Chemist (1953-2003)

Badger Chemist No. 46, 2002

The Badger Chemist is a newsletter publication of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Chemistry. Initiated in 1953, The Badger Chemist is published annually and features articles, commentary, news items, and photographs concerning students, faculty, and alumni of the Department of Chemistry.


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Badger Bites: University of Wisconsin-Madison Cookbooks

Badger Bites: University of Wisconsin Cookbooks

Over the course of University history, numerous campus-related organizations have produced cookbooks. Containing more than just recipes, these cookbooks provide a look at how food has played a role in campus culture and identity. Whether designed for fundraising or for promotional purposes, they capture a snapshot view of campus organizations of yore and the cultural environment surrounding them.

The Associated Women Students produced a cookbook as a new feature of Coeds’ Week in 1955. The book, called Bucky’s Favorite Foods, contains “tried and true” favorites of faculty, staff, and students at the University. Recipes were contributed by campus notables such as Carson Gulley and Mrs. Alan Ameche, the wife of the UW football legend.

The Friendship Club, an interracial women’s social club, compiled a cookbook in 1951 as a “token of our friendship and faith in each other and in all people.” Technically speaking the Madison based Friendship Club may not have been a University of Wisconsin organization but university students and faculty wives were likely members.

Delta Sigma Epsilon (1914-1956) was one of several sororities to produce a cookbook. Food Fare was produced by the “Friendship House Board” as “a book of recipes assembled to help convert our dream of FRIENDSHIP HOUSE, into a reality.”

The mothers of members of Alpha Phi (pronounced Alpha “Fee”) a fraternity for women, were a source of recipes for their organization’s cookbook called “Our Mothers’ Recipes.”

The dining room staff of Elizabeth Waters Hall, which opened in 1940, produced cookbooks in 1955 and 1965. The first was dedicated to “all girls of Liz who will wish to recapture an important part of dorm life—mealtime.”

The University Dames Club (1929-1979) was made up of student wives and wives of students attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Its purpose was “to provide social, cultural and recreational opportunities for its members and to be of service to the community.” The Dames Club published three cookbooks.

See the Carson Gulley Cookbook Collection for cookbooks authored by this legendary campus dining hall chef.


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