The Gumbo yearbook began publication in 1900. It chronicles news, sports, and entertainment highlights of the academic year at LSU. In words and photos, the Gumbo shows the people, places and events that make each year at LSU unique. In addition to formal portraits of graduating seniors, the book contains snapshots of students and dozens of pages showcasing campus organizations. In 2015, Gumbo created "Humans of LSU" mirrored off the popular "Humans of New York" photoblog in which the photographer not only takes a portrait of the subject but also captures quotes.
The Gumbo yearbook has chronicled each year in the life of Louisiana State University in photographs and in words since 1900. Only one year, the 1918-1919 school year, was missed, when wartime pressures caused the cancellation of the book. A magazine version, called Gumbo Magazine, chronicled the 1992-93 and 1993-94 school years because revenues were insufficient for a hardbound book. A student referendum increasing the yearbook fee brought back the hardbound version in 1995. The Gumbo Yearbook became an online-only publication beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year.