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Iowa State University. Bomb Yearbook records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 22/6/0/6

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, descriptive brochures, financial records, forms, news clippings and publicity materials.


  • 1892-2010, undated

Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


The Iowa Agricultural College/Iowa State University yearbook, the Bomb was published annually from 1893 to 1993, with the exception of 1902. The junior class produced the yearbook from 1891 to 1925, when the senior class took over with their own special 1925 special edition.

The origin of the yearbook's title is explained in the 1895 edition; "The first thought that comes to mind at the mention of the name "Bomb" is that of an instrument of war, exploding and causing destruction amongst enemies. ELBut a bomb is occasionally put to a much pleasanter use than that of an engine of destruction. One form is used as a means of conveying messages to distant friends. Our Bomb agrees with such a definition also. Its mission is to awaken pleasant reminiscences in the minds of the alumni, and to convey to them information regarding all their brother graduates."

In 1968, the Government of the Student Body set up a five-year plan to make the Bomb financially independent and made their last regular allocation in 1971. During the 1980s and early 1990s the yearbook suffered with decreased sales, poor financial management, and a contract dispute with an outside vendor. By 1989 the yearbook had accumulated a $17,000 budget deficit. The deficit grew to $90,000 in five years, and the university administration suspended the printing of the 1994 yearbook.

In April 1995 the university administration announced that no future yearbooks would be produced at Iowa State University until a sustainable plan was developed.


0.63 Linear Feet (1 document box and 1 half-document box)


The collection is organized Alphabetically.


Digital reproductions of a selection of materials from the Bomb Yearbook records are available electronically. Please see the Electronic Resources section for a link.

Items in related collections

RS 22/6. Iowa State University. Student Organizations - Publications records

Collection Files

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 22/6/0/6. Iowa State University. Bomb Yearbook records, 1892-2010, undated
May 29, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672