Tapping Into the 21st Century

Clemson University’s Special Collections Library has digitized the complete run of Clemson’s yearbook, Taps – from the first volume in 1899 through 2012.

TAPSThrough a partnership with the Internet Archive, the Taps were scanned cover-to-cover in full color. Online visitors can page through a volume, download a PDF, view it on a Kindle, or search the full text.

This project was made possible through the LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative – a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program that has made digitization easy and affordable for libraries and cultural institutions across the country.

The first Clemson yearbook, The Clemson College Chronicle, was published in 1899. The yearbook had several names before finally becoming Taps in 1908.

Also available digitally are the Clemson Catalog (undergraduate announcements) and the Clemson Chronicle (the student literary/arts/photography journal). In the coming months additional publications will be made available: Clemson College Newsletter (newsletter for faculty and staff of Clemson University), The Agrarian (School of Agriculture student publication), and Bobbin & Beaker (official journal of the Textile School).

When all these publications have been digitized, over 100,000 pages of full color, text-searchable Clemson-related materials will be available for researchers worldwide. For each issue of Taps, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) was applied in order that every word on every page could be fully searchable.

“We are very excited to be able to provide resources unique to Clemson University for access, and the TAPS is just one item that we have digitized for public access,” Library Dean Kay Wall said. “We trust that researchers, alumni, and the broader community will learn of friends, family members, and the University’s history through this valuable resource.”

To view the yearbooks, visit http://library.clemson.edu/depts/specialcollections/clemson-yearbooks/. Questions about this project should be directed to Carl Redd at jredd@clemson.edu or (864)656-7741.

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