Aucola Coda


Old yearbook photos

For nearly nine decades, the American University yearbook—first published in 1927 as the Aucola and renamed the Talon in 1956—documented the changing face of AU. Victory rolls led to beehives, Afros, and perms; cat-eye glasses came and went and came back again; and the student body began to reflect the racial and cultural diversity that is becoming AU's trademark. As Alice and Elsie gave way to Jenni and Julie, however, yearbooks gave way to Facebook and in 2014, the Talon was published for the 88th and final time. Due to increasing costs and the rise of technology, university yearbooks are going the way of the mullet, according to AU archivist Susan McElrath. The Talon, she says, held on longer than most.