Historic Publications Preserve Brigham Young High School History

1911 BYH Yearbook, Utah State Historical Society
Brigham Young High School Yearbook, 1911

Provo City Library at Academy Square
Is Building a Special Collection
of Brigham Young High School Yearbooks

The Provo City Library at Academy Square has created a special collection of Brigham Young High School annual yearbooks, and to date, has one or more volumes from 1956 to the final year in 1968.

The BYU Class of 1909 published the first yearbook, the "Banyan", and it included five BY High group photos, but no class list with names. From that time through 1932, the Banyans included several pages of names and photos of BYH senior classes. In 1911, BYH students seized the initiative and published their own elaborate yearbook, called "11's H.S. Year Book". In 1912 BYH students published a beautiful yearbook called the "Mizpah". BYH student information was included in BYU yearbooks, usually called the Banyan, until 1933, when the High School began publishing yearbooks every year up to and including 1968.

In 1926 Coach Frosty Richards first dubbed BYH athletes and teams with the name "Wildcats" and the name stuck for 42 years. The annual yearbook was usually called the "Wildcat", and the school newspaper was usually titled the "Y'ld Cat".

Sadly, the BYU Banyan in 1932 failed to print anything about BY High, and the high school apparently did not publish a yearbook that year. Historically, the BYH Class of 1932 is truly the "Lost Class of BY High".

From 1933 to 1968, BY High published its traditional Wildcat yearbook. The Special Collection at the Provo City Library lacks volumes from 1911 up to and including 1955.

If you have historic Brigham Young High School yearbooks or BYU Banyans in your family, and you are interested in preserving them, please consider donating them to the BYH Special Collection at the Provo City Library at Academy Square. Please contact:
Special Collections
Provo City Library at Academy Square
550 North University Ave.
Provo, UT 84601


Attn: Steven M. Law
Special Collections Librarian

Email: steven_law@provo.lib.ut.us

Note: The goal of the Provo City Library collection of BYH yearbooks is to preserve two volumes, for each year. They already have one or more volumes from 1956 to 1968, so their main focus is on collecting yearbooks for years earlier than 1956. Please call 801-852-6668 before sending your books to make sure they are needed in the latest collection plan.

BYU Special Collections
Accepting BYH Memorabilia

BYU Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library is accepting donations of other types of historic BYH memorabilia: student newspapers, literary magazines, programs, uniforms, buttons, etc. Please carefully organize your collection, write a one-paragraph explanation of the significance of each item or group of items [for "provenance"], then contact the BYU Archives:

J. Gordon Daines III
University Archivist
Brigham Young University
1130 HBLL
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-5821

FamilySearch.com Yearbook Collection

Some Brigham Young High School Yearbooks are found in the files of FamilySearch.com. Here is a link to that collection: FamilySearch.com

Student newspaper mastheads - Brigham Young High

Brigham Young High School activity card

BYH collection register,
BYU Archives
Brigham Young High School student telephone book

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