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Last Updated: Apr 17, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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Fresno State yearbooks & newspapers online

Fresno State Yearbooks and Newspaper Archive now Online

Fresno State yearbooks from 1911 to 1991 and the student newspaper, The Collegian, are now online as part of the Madden Library's digitized collections. 

Yearbooks: Creating a yearbook was a time-honored tradition for Fresno State students from 1911 to 1991 (with a gap from 1972-1975).  First called "The Prospect" (1911-1921), then "The Collegian" (1922-1923), and finally "Campus" (1924-1991), the yearbook was a memento and memory book for students to look back on the past academic year and to reminisce about good times. After 1970, the yearbooks became much smaller and only included the graduating class of seniors. By 1992, the yearbooks ceased to exist, a relic of days gone by. However, this collection of Fresno State yearbooks stands as a treasure trove of photographs, information, and memories. See There is also a set of yearbooks in the main stacks of the Henry Madden Library (available for check out) and in the University Archives in the Special Collections Research Center on the Library's 4th floor, South Wing (for in-house use). 

Newspapers: The Collegian is the student-run newspaper committed to complete, fair, and accurate journalism. Students present their perspectives on news, opinion, sports, features/ entertainment, and more. The mission of The Collegian has always been to motivate its readers to think critically and to react perceptively. It operates as a laboratory classroom and a training ground for students interested in print and online journalism. 

The Henry Madden Library houses the complete collection of The Collegian on microfilm going back to 1922. The Library has digitized the entire microfilm collection from 1922-1998, now available online at


Exquisite Storybook

“Exquisite Storybook”

Experience and participate in the “Exquisite Storybook” at the Turning Pages: Intersections of Books and Technology exhibition in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery on the second floor of the Library, or online at
This site will be available only during the exhibition, so try it out before it disappears on May 31.

The “Exquisite Storybook” is based on “Exquisite Corpse,” a word game started by the Surrealists in 1920s Paris, in which each person contributes one sentence or phrase to a story (without knowing what came before). It is similar to an old parlor game called “Consequences,” in which each sentence was hidden by folding over the paper so the next person couldn’t see it. 

The name “Exquisite Corpse” comes from the French cadavre exquis, used in the first sentence André Breton, the founder of Surrealism, and his friends used to start the game: “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau.” (“The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.”)


"Turning Pages" Exhibition Contest

"Turning Pages" Exhibition Contest

Get a withdrawn book from the Madden Library and create something out of it! Contest deadline is Friday, May 16.  

Turn in entries to the Special Collections Research Center, 4th floor, South Wing, Madden Library. (Open only to Fresno State students and only one entry per person.)

See for more information.


Relocation of Japanese Americans During WWII

Relocation of Japanese Americans During World War II

The Madden Library's Special Collections Research Center has an online exhibit in commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of Executive Order 9066 signed by President Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. The Order authorized the forced relocation of mostly Japanese Americans on the West Coast during World War II to assembly centers and then, later, to internment camps throughout the United States.

View the online exhibit here:


Special Collections Book Arts exhibit

The Art of the Book

The Madden Library’s Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce its latest exhibit, “The Book Arts, or The Art of the Book, Being a Sampling from the Middle Ages through the Present.” The exhibit is an exploration of the ways in which books have been constructed over the centuries and the component parts and concepts that are important in book making. It also showcases books as art in and of themselves, apart from their content. A companion piece of the exhibit is the oldest book in the Madden Library, printed in 1474.

The exhibit may be viewed in the Woodward Family Special Collections Reading Room on the 4th floor of the South Wing of the Library, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo caption: This book, De humani coporis fabrica (printed in 1568), was donated by Dr. Roger Larson (1924--2013), a well-known Fresno physician, educator, and humanist. The book is an important part of medical and scientific history and has a place of pride in the current exhibit.