Historical Photograph Meme Contest




For Utah State University’s Historical Photograph Meme Contest, students use digitized historical images from USU's Special Collections & Archives, along with those big, white block letters often associated with Internet memes, to humorously bridge the gap between past and current experience. While none have reached true meme status (yet!), which, according to Patrick Davison in the Social Media Reader, would require them to “gain influence through online transmission,” it offers students a lighthearted way to familiarize themselves with the valuable digitized archival resources that are only a mouse click or finger tap away.

This online exhibit gives you the opportunity to browse each year’s finalists, as chosen by USU librarians/meme connoisseurs. The finalists were uploaded to the library’s Facebook page where they were put to a vote, and the most “liked” meme won. As you look through these images, you’ll notice that they often reflect the kinds of issues that are important to USU’s students, like class registration, dating, finals, housing, and Main Street traffic. But don’t take it too seriously. It’s okay to laugh!