Help us digitize 120 years of our school yearbook, The Kaw, and create a searchable online database for students, faculty, alumni and others to enjoy these Washburn treasures from the comfort of their living rooms. Once scanned, the photos, stories, names and activities in The Kaw will all be searchable, allowing you to instantly find relatives, teams or professors.
There is always interest in Washburn’s history, and a valuable source of this history is The Kaw yearbook collection, a window into student life at Washburn from the 1890s to the present. This collection is a treasure trove of photographs and stories about Washburn students, campus activities and events. It provides insight into the changing culture of Washburn and Topeka.
Currently, this fragile collection is only available in person and by appointment at the University Archives. Digitizing this rich history will preserve these documents and allow a widespread audience to enjoy them for scholarly and genealogical research.
Digitizing The Kaw is a massive and costly undertaking. The University Archives does not have the equipment or staff to scan such a high volume of sensitive archival materials in-house. Funds raised for this project will support the digitization of the entire collection of The Kaw by a third-party vendor specializing in handling fragile and unique materials. This method is quick and cost-effective.
A Day of Giving gift to this fund is a gift to preserving and sharing your Washburn history. Give today and join us in making Washburn history accessible to all.