Sometimes we forget, but Columbia has some freaking awesome stuff. In our efforts to remind ourselves of this, we bring you a new series: Bwog Goes Deep, in which we find cool shit in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and tell you about it.
Don’t expect to find pedophile-looking facial hair and bad polyester disco shirts because Bwog isn’t taking you back to 1968—we’re taking you back to 1868. Yes, yearbooks existed back then. No, there were none of those painfully hackneyed and more often than not, grossly farfetched superlatives (I’m looking at you, Most Likely to Win a Nobel Peace Prize). In fact, there aren’t even pictures of the students, but fear not, because Bwog did some digging, and found plenty of gems that are sure to please. Special thanks to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where these yearbooks are located and where there is a wonderful staff that will help you locate them.