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Special Collections

Snip of page from 1976 New Faces
This snip features students from the Class of 1980 featured in the 1976 issue of New Faces.

In a pre-Facebook age, many colleges and universities (including Middlebury!) published face books - physical books containing photos of faces - with the intention of helping students get to know each other. 

New Faces was a Middlebury College publication issued each fall containing photographs of members of the incoming freshman class. Our digitized run of New Faces spans from 1949 to 2008 (right around the time that other Facebook became all the rage) and is a study in how things - fashion, hair, headshot photography, and college demographics - have changed over time. 

In the middle of the 20th century, when class sizes were smaller, Middlebury printed New Faces as posters. We also separated men and women. Check out the Class of 1953 as freshmen in 1949:

1949 New Faces women
Click here to view at the Internet Archive. 
1949 New Faces men
Click here to view at the Internet Archive.

In 1955, Middlebury began publishing more portable editions of New Faces, complete with covers featuring campus scenes and artwork. 

Digitized New Faces can be viewed here.

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Questions? Email specialcollections@middlebury.edu.