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Dixie State University Yearbooks Edit


UA 009
Finding Aid Author
Tracey O'Kelly
Finding Aid Date
June, 2017
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  • 1913 – 2001 (Creation)


  • 21 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    This collection contains of the yearbooks for Dixie State University, starting with the first graduating class of 1913 and ending in 2001.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Dixie State University was established in 1911 as St. George Stake Academy with the original campus on the northwest corner of Main Street and 100 South in Saint George, Utah. The original building for the campus remains, and is currently the St. George Children’s Museum. The name for the institution changed two years after its creation to Dixie Academy in 1913 and kept this name until 1916. Members of the first several classes’ student body prepared the yearbooks together since their numbers were so small. As the student body grew, a committee was assigned and then a class was instituted to prepare the yearbook. The school’s name changed again to Dixie Normal College during 1916-1923. 1923-1972 the name changed to Dixie Junior College. Dixie College was the name from 1972-2000. Enthusiasm for the yearbooks steadily decreased and it was difficult to get a majority of the students photographed once the student body became too large, so the last print yearbook was published for the school year 1999-2000 with a video yearbook prepared for the class of 2000-2001 (“Dixie yearbook withers away.” Deseret News, 20 Feb. 2001). The school’s name changed again to Dixie State College of Utah from 2000-2013, and then changed to Dixie State University.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection contains two series. The printed yearbooks of Dixie State University from 1913-2000 and the 2001 video yearbook comprise the first series. The second series contains the advertisements and contracts that went into printing the yearbooks between 1983 and 1995.

    The published yearbooks evolved along with the school. The first yearbooks are small, but often contain quotes from individual students and faculty. Since the student body was very small when Dixie Academy first started, the student body collectively prepared the first several yearbooks. The later years focus more on groups and events, as not all students were photographed for the yearbooks. These yearbooks cover 1913 to 2001 with a few years missing; 1917, 1919, 1927, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1936, and 1937. After extensive searching, it is assumed yearbooks were not produced during these years.

    In general the yearbooks cover the history and growth of the school from its beginings as the Dixie Stake Academy to its evolution as the Dixie State College of Utah. The students, clubs, events, sports teams, and sports clubs are represented in the yearbooks.

    The high school and college shared the same yearbook until 1964 when the two schools began printing separate yearbooks.

    The second series in the collection contains advertising and printing contracts for 1983 to 1995.

  • Arrangement

    The Yearbooks series is arranged in chronological order. There are a few years missing that are assumed to never have been published. The second series contains advertising contracts and publication contracts arranged in chronological order.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item description & date, UA 009 Dixie State University Yearbooks, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and freely available to researchers during Special Collection’s hours or by appointment.