Parnassus, the student yearbook started by Junior Class of Fairmount College in 1902 was published for over 80 years. Volumes generally appeared annually; however as the University grew, the yearbook’s genre became less popular with the student population. After 1986, publication of the Parnassus ceased until 1994 when one final volume was published.

During its years of publication, students’ reflection on campus life, rich textual and visual content, beautiful design, and the inclusion of variety of materials ( academic news, athletics and art events, stories, poetry, photographs, drawing and more) transformed the Parnassus into an encyclopedia of the university’s development from a small liberal arts college to a regional research university. Over 115 years have passed since the publication of the first volume, but Parnassus has not been forgotten. It remains part of Wichita State’s collective cultural memory.

The University Libraries Special Collections & University Archives keeps a complete set of the Parnassus in its collection available for use by historians, Wichita State alumni, and others. Full access to the yearbook, though, has been limited to scholars visiting the library. With proliferation of online archives, the idea of Parnassus Online was born. The University Libraries Technical Services staff digitized the yearbook and published it in SOAR: Shocker Open Access Repository making the Parnassus available for everyone with the Internet access. We hope you enjoy reading Parnassus. Your feedback is welcome; please contact soar@wichita.edu

On the picture: Parnassus Editorial Staff, 1977.

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This collection currently features the Fairmount College years. Additional University of Wichita and Wichita State University years will be added soon.

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  • Parnassus 1964 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1964)
    "This is the University of Wichita in 1964 - a progressive, growing university offering more advantages to the students than ever before. Not only is the campus growing, but the enrollment is greater than ever. Fall ...
  • Parnassus 1963 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1963)
    Includes stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty, the yearbook editorial staff and Sunflower staff, and athletics.
  • Parnassus 1962 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1962)
    Parnassus 1962 Includes stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty, the yearbook editorial staff and Sunflower staff, and athletics.
  • Parnassus 1961 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1961)
    Contents: University: Administration; Colleges; Student Court; Student Government -- Campus life: Greeks; Dormitories; Honoraries; Organizations -- Features: Communications; Queens; the Arts; Athletics -- Students: Seniors; ...
  • Parnassus 1960 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1960)
    Progress, the theme of the 1960 Parnassus, is designedly a policy of our school. While principles remain constant their application and the techniques of application are constantly being changed. Consequently, while we ...
  • Parnassus 1958 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1958)
    Includes stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty administration, the yearbook editorial, student organizations, and athletics.
  • Parnassus 1959 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1959)
    Includes stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty, the yearbook editorial staff and Sunflower staff, student organizations, and athletics.
  • Parnassus 1957 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1957)
    Includes stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty, scholars, music, art, the yearbook editorial staff and Sunflower staff, student ...
  • Parnassus 1956 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1956)
    Includes The memoriam, stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty, the yearbook editorial staff and , student organizations, and athletics.
  • Parnassus 1955 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1955)
    Includes stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty, the yearbook editorial staff, student organizations, and athletics.
  • Parnassus 1954 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1954)
    Includes stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty, the yearbook editorial staff and Sunflower staff, student organizations, and athletics.
  • Parnassus 1953 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1953)
    Includes stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty, the yearbook editorial staff and Sunflower staff, student organizations, and athletics.
  • Parnassus 1952 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1952)
    Includes stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty, the yearbook editorial staff and Sunflower staff, student organizations, and athletics.
  • Parnassus 1951 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1951)
    Includes stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty, directory of Fairmount alumni, the yearbook editorial staff and Sunflower staff, student ...
  • Parnassus 1950 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1950)
    Includes stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty, the yearbook editorial staff and Sunflower staff, student organizations, and athletics.
  • Parnassus 1949 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1949)
    Includes stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty, the yearbook editorial staff and Sunflower staff, student organizations, and athletics.
  • Parnassus 1948 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1948)
    Includes stories, photographs, and pictures related to the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes, college history, faculty, the yearbook editorial staff and Sunflower staff, student organizations, and athletics.
  • Parnassus 1947 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1947)
    Parnassus, University yearbook, takes its name from the legendary Grecian bill believed to have been the home of the goddesses of music, song, poetry and other fine arts and therefore the seat of all the culture and learning. ...
  • Parnassus 1946 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1946)
    "In April of this year Fairmount College observed its fiftieth anniversary. On April 30, 1896, the Secretary of State for the state of Kansas issued a charter granting full college and university rights to the institution. ...
  • Parnassus 1945 

    Municipal University of Wichita (University of Wichita, 1945)
    As an institution of higher learning, Wichita University did not build a fence around itself during the war-now being fought to a successful conclusion. It participated and is still participating in the war effort in every ...

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