Farewell, Corks and Curls

The Cavalier Daily is reporting today that Corks and Curls, the University’s yearbook — first published in 1888 — has become the latest print publication to fall victim to the Internet Age, and perhaps to the growth of the University itself.

The loss is a big one for future historians of the University. As the CD story notes, “Since its founding, Corks and Curls chronicled all aspects of life on Grounds. In 1919 it included a list of students who were killed in World War I, and the 1970 volume described the school’s co-ed transformation, joking about unused urinals and discussing lingerie ads in The Cavalier Daily.”

But as third-year student Vanessa Orco noted, yearbooks thrive in smaller communities, and U.Va. may not longer qualify. “In high school it’s different because it’s smaller,” she said. “But in college it’s different because you can’t document everything.”

Incidentally, Corks and Curls was the first to print the most famous poem about the University, “The Honor Men,” by James Hay Jr., back in 1903. It concludes with:

Remembering the purple shadows of the lawn, the majesty of the colonnades, and the dream of your youth, you may say in reverence and thankfulness:

“I have worn the honors of Honor, I graduated from Virginia.”

7 Comments on “Farewell, Corks and Curls

  1. so very sad! corks & curls was such a joy to work on during my 4 years at uva. i made such great friends in the club.

    –1992 corks & curls business manager

  2. Great for historians, but I don’t recall anyone purchasing one back in the seventies. It never seemed quite relevant to the experience I had.

  3. Very sad. Yearbooks are alive and vibrant all across the nation (I see the work of other colleges and high schools nationally). Yearbooks sell well and do a service to the greater student and faculty community with great photography, great design, great insight, and great writing – these attributes still have a solid standing in universities across the US. In a student community as strong as UVA’s, it is surprising to see such a great institution fall away.

    Maybe a rebirth or a reimagined concept will spring out in the years to come.

    1982 Corks and Curls Managing Editor

  4. This is a very sad state of life as we know it. My son looks through his UVA yearbook and I know he will always keep it to share with his kids someday. I still have my college yearbook from 1972 (not UVA but a very large university) and I still cherish all those moments when i look through it from time to time. The yearbook is a way to remember the University as it was while you attended as we know they change over the years and can never be recaptured the way it was during your days on campus!

  5. Unfortunately this loss is just another example of the sad changes taking place at the University over the years. Each year there seems to be yet more chips away at the traditions long established at the University. There are many examples that could be sited. Its very sad to see the University going in the wrong direction this many years. Seems to me that the BOV could reduce the salary of the President and use the savings to support the yearbook.

  6. While browsing through my Corks&Curls, I found an old acquaintance whom I had not heard about in more than 10 years. Though I found this person on Facebook, I don’t think I would have thought to reconnect with a specific person had I not browse through my yearbook!

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