The first yearbook of the University of Wisconsin was called "Trochos", which is a Greek word for badger. The Trochos had only two editions, April 1884, and then again in February 1887. The current yearbook titled “The Badger” was first published in February 1888.

A point of confusion is that until 1932 the yearbooks were compiled by the junior class, and the date on the cover is the graduation year of the junior class, and not the year of publication. Thus the first Trochos has '85 on the cover, and the first Badger is called the '89 Badger. A person who was a senior in 1910 would have their senior photograph in the 1911 Badger. Also, the yearbooks covered athletic and social events of the year, or even two years, before the date on the yearbook. In 1932 the yearbook became a senior class publication and this is why there are two 1932 Badgers, one published in 1931, and the other in 1932. Since 1932 the date on the yearbook is the graduation year of the senior class and also the year of publication.

The Badger has been published every year excluding 1973, 1974 & 2004. The Alumni Association helped publish volumes for ‘73 & ‘74 which basically only contain student photographs.

Sometime between 2001 and 2006 the volume numbers jumped up by three. Was it to make up for the three years no Badger was published?

Some Yearbook Facts:
  • 1922, 1923, 1924 Badgers     The "Ku Klux Klan" was a sanctioned university organization. (Pgs 457, 516, 481)
  • 1923 Badger     Two photos of Charles Lindbergh as part of the "Pistol Club" and "The Rifle Club" (Pg 347)
  • 1933 Badger     Frank Lloyd Wright's feature "Concerning Education" (Pgs 20-23)
  • 1970 Badger     Came with a 7" vinal "record" and soundsheet
  • 1970 & 1971 Badgers     Each had two volumes


  • 1885 Trochos
    1888 Trochos
    1889 Badger: Volume 3
    1890 Badger: Volume 4
    1891 Badger: Volume 5
    1892 Badger: Volume 6
    1893 Badger: Volume 7
    1894 Badger: Volume 8
    1895 Badger: Volume 9
    1896 Badger: Volume 10
    1897 Badger: Volume 11
    1898 Badger: Volume 12
    1899 Badger: Volume 13
    1900 Badger: Volume 14
    1901 Badger: Volume 15
    1902 Badger: Volume 16
    1903 Badger: Volume 17
    1904 Badger: Volume 18
    1905 Badger: Volume 19
    1906 Badger: Volume 20
    1907 Badger: Volume 21
    1908 Badger: Volume 22
    1909 Badger: Volume 23
    1910 Badger: Volume 24
    1911 Badger: Volume 25
    1912 Badger: Volume 26
    1913 Badger: Volume 27
    1914 Badger: Volume 28
    1915 Badger: Volume 29
    1916 Badger: Volume 30
    1917 Badger: Volume 31
    1918 Badger: Volume 32
    1919 Badger: Volume 33
    1920 Badger: Volume 34
    1921 Badger: Volume 35
    1922 Badger: Volume 36
    1923 Badger: Volume 37
    1924 Badger: Volume 38
    1925 Badger: Volume 39
    1926 Badger: Volume 40
    1927 Badger: Volume 41
    1928 Badger: Volume 42


    1929 Badger: Volume 43
    1930 Badger: Volume 44
    1931 Badger: Volume 45
    1932 Badger: Volume 46
    1932 Badger: Volume 47
    1933 Badger: Volume 48
    1934 Badger: Volume 48
    1935 Badger: Volume 50
    1936 Badger: Volume 51
    1937 Badger: Volume 52
    1938 Badger: Volume 53
    1939 Badger: Volume 54
    1940 Badger: Volume 55
    1941 Badger: Volume 56
    1942 Badger: Volume 57
    1943 Badger: Volume 58
    1944 Badger: Volume 59
    1945 Badger: Volume 60
    1946 Badger: Volume 61
    1947 Badger: Volume 62
    1948 Badger: Volume 63
    1949 Badger: Volume 64
    1950 Badger: Volume 65
    1951 Badger: Volume 66
    1952 Badger: Volume 67
    1953 Badger: Volume 68
    1954 Badger: Volume 69
    1955 Badger: Volume 70
    1956 Badger: Volume 71
    1957 Badger: Volume 72
    1958 Badger: Volume 73
    1959 Badger: Volume 74
    1960 Badger: Volume 75
    1961 Badger: Volume 76
    1962 Badger: Volume 77
    1963 Badger: Volume 78
    1964 Badger: Volume 79
    1965 Badger: Volume 80
    1966 Badger: Volume 81
    1967 Badger: Volume 82
    1968 Badger: Volume 83
    1969 Badger: Volume 84


    1970 Badger: Volume 85 part I & II
    1971 Badger: Volume 86 part I & II
    1972 ...and: Volume 87
    1973 *
    1974 *
    1975 Badger: Volume 88
    1976 Badger: Volume 89
    1977 Badger: Volume 90
    1978 Badger: Volume 91
    1979 Badger: Volume 92
    1980 Badger: Volume 93
    1981 Badger: Volume 94
    1982 Badger: Volume 95
    1983 Badger: Volume 96
    1984 Badger: Volume 97
    1985 Badger: Volume 98
    1986 Badger: Volume 99
    1987 Badger: Volume 100
    1988 Badger: Volume 101
    1989 Badger: Volume 102
    1990 Badger: Volume 103
    1991 Badger: Volume 104
    1992 Badger: Volume 105
    1993 Badger: Volume 106
    1994 Badger: Volume 107
    1995 Badger: Volume 108
    1996 Badger: Volume 109
    1997 Badger: Volume 110
    1998 Badger: Volume 111
    1999 Badger: Volume 112
    2000 Badger: Volume 113
    2001 Badger: Volume 114
    2002 Badger: Volume   **
    2003 Badger: Volume   **
    2004 *
    2005 Badger: Volume   **
    2006 Badger: Volume 121
    2007 Badger: Volume 122
    2008 Badger: Volume 123
    2009 Badger: Volume 124
    2010 Badger: Volume 125

    * No Yearbooks Published