The “Reveille” Yearbooks

Yearbook for 1940-1941The “Reveille” began publication in 1914 shortly after William A. Lewis became President of Fort Hays Kansas Normal School. It was published annually, with the exception of 1918 and 1919. Those two editions were combined into one yearbook which was published in the spring of 1919.  The editions for 1944 and 1945 are really thin which indicated that the campus was basically a “no mans land” due to the men being at war. According to Dr. Forsythe’s book “The First 75 Years”, the students of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s were concerned about the usefulness or value of the yearbook, but it still remained a part of campus life through that time. In 2003, it was recommended to the Student Government Association that the yearbook cease publication. The SGA Allocations Committee cut the Reveille from the budget in April of that year.

The University Archives, located in the Special Collections area, and the Digital Collections Department are working to digitize all of the yearbooks, so that alumni and others may view them online. The URL is

There are currently 18 yearbooks that have been put into the online collection, and more will be added over the coming weeks thanks to the work of Michael, Brian and Gavin. Be sure to check back often to see the newest additions to this wonderful collection.


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