The Volunteer Yearbook was published annually from 1897, except for the 1918 edition, when the events of World War I interrupted school activities. Until the last volume was published in 2008, it remained one of UT's oldest continuing traditions. The Volunteer was produced by students and published for distribution during the fall semester. Its editorial mission was to accurately document the academic year in which it was published via articles, pictures, and reportage of individuals and activities representative of University communities and organizations.

The Library's digital collection archives all published volumes since 1897.