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Chatham University Yearbook Office Records

Identifier: 2022.004

Scope and Contents

The Chatham University Yearbook Records document the process of creating annual yearbooks for the Chatham undergraduate students, including the accumulation of photographs recording important moments during the academic year. The Chatham University Yearbook Records primarily includes photographs created and accumulated between 1987 and 2007 with a small amount of correspondence and clip art used in yearbooks. The photographs depict campus activities and members of the Chatham community including students, faculty, staff, and the Board of Trustees engaged in annual events including graduation, holiday events, and campus traditions like Buckets and Blossoms. Aspects of student life are depicted in the photographs including clubs, dances, study abroad, social gatherings and sports teams. Photographs in the collection include color photographs, black-and-white photographs, born digital photographs, and negatives. A significant portion of the collection is comprised of photographs of unknown date.

The Chatham University Yearbook Records does not include the majority of correspondence or administrative material generated during the creation of yearbooks. The Chatham University Yearbook Records does not include any material relating to the creation of yearbooks before 1987. Chatham Yearbooks themselves are not part of this collection.


  • Creation: 1987-2007

Conditions Governing Access

The collection of open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

The Chatham University Yearbook is created by undergraduate students at Chatham University (formerly Chatham College, Pennsylvania College for Women, and Pennsylvania Female College) with assistance from Chatham University faculty and staff. First published in 1915 as The Pennsylvanian, the yearbook has been published as The Cornerstone since 1956. The yearbooks accumulate documentation of members of the Chatham University community on campus at specific intervals, annual sports team membership, and the campus traditions performed on an annual basis.

Published regularly until 2010, the yearbook has been published sporadically in more recent years. Administered by a volunteers from the student body, the yearbook is supported by faculty, staff, and the Chatham Student Government.


2 box (Includes one records box and one small objects box.)

Language of Materials


In Progress
Molly Tighe
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Chatham University Archives Repository

Woodland Road
Pittsburgh PA 15232 US