College Newspapers

Historical Archives

Some college newspaper archives have hit the internet. What were those schoolkids doing back in 1905…?

University Newspapers

The Argus
Illinois Wesleyan University
1894-current
All content is retrievable but is only partly searchable

The Ithacan
Ithaca College
New York
1931-current

Cornell Daily Sun
Cornell University
New York
Sporadic coverage from 1880-1979

The Collegian
University of Richmond, Virginia
1914-2003

Assorted Penn State Newspapers
Penn State University
1887-1989

Harvard Crimson
Harvard University
1873-current
Full text searching, but text-only retrieval, rather than original images.

The Silent Worker
Galludet University
1888-1929
A college newspaper of sorts, this national publication, now housed at Galludet University, is an archive of a newspaper for the deaf (originally called The Deaf MuteTimes) , written by deaf authors.

Lancaster County Newspaper Archives
1915-2001
Lancaster County, PA has put several newspapers online, including the Franklin and Marshall College Reporter.

Purdue Exponent
Purdue University (Indiana)
2000-2006
A small but useful archive.

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University of Massachusetts at Boston
1966-2007
Includes Mass Media, and UMB News.

Coe College Cosmos
1890-1977 (Iowa).

The Barnard Bulletin
Barnard College in New York City
1901-2002

New The Daily
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul
1900-current
You can access PDFs by date. No text searching, but stories from recent years are indexed.

New Caledonia College student newspaper archives
1969-current
From Prince George, British Columbia in Canada.

NewspaperArchive.com

One of the best vintage archives available is the aptly-named NewspaperArchive. This is a subscription service, but well worth it. I use them constantly in my research, and recommend them highly. Though mostly US-focused, they also archive collections from Canada, the UK, Jamaica, Ireland, South Africa, Japan, Germany and elsewhere.

Minnesota Daily

University of Minnestoa college newspaper
1900-1999
Full images available, but no text searching.

Wisconsin literary magazine
A student publication from the University of Wisconsin
1906-1928
Oddly, individual issues can be searched, but not the collection as a whole.

Red and Black student Newspaper archives
University of Georgia
1893-1979
(special viewer needed to see page images)

The Bumble Bee
University of Georgia
1889-1902
A few issues of the satirical student newspaper.

Ubyssey Student newspaper
University of British Columbia (Canada)
1916-current

The Collegiate Chronicle
University of Illinois
An interesting resource that contains archives for a number of college newspapers including: American University Eagle (1925-1996), Franklin and Marshall College Reporter (1964-1987), Georgetown Hoya (1959-1980), Lincoln University Lincolnian and Lincoln News (1925-2003), Gettysburg College Gettysburgian (1897-2004), University of Illinois Daily Illini (1916-1945), and others.

Yale Daily News
Yale University, Connecticut
1878-?
Searchable, but poorly described, and an unfriendly interface. Only a few years seems to have been digitized thus far. C’mon Yale…you can do better!

Montclairion
Montclair State College, NJ
Student newspaper 1962-2001

The Griffin
Canisius College (Jesuit College in Buffalo, NY)
Archives appear to run from 1933 to the 1950’s.

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East Los Angeles College Campus News
1945-1999

Student Newspapers of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (Minnesota)
1888-current
The papers went by several names, including The Record, The Torch, Vitae, and The Saints. Note, the site includes a link to Spoof/Parody issues…would be nice to see more archives do this.

Adelphi University, Long Island, NY
1921-2003
Assorted school newspaper archives, text searchable.

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
1961-2000
Assorted school newspapers, browseable by date.

CalTech
Pasadena, California
Doesn’t quite have their student newspapers archived yet (though they say they’re working on it), but this 2007 CalTech spoof issue of MIT is definitely worth a look

The Chronicle
Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario
1973-current
Search or browse.

SUNY
Stony Brook, Long Island, NY
Assorted campus newspapers and publications. My alma mater, and I’d like to be proud, but this collection isn’t well-described or presented

The Southern
Florida Southern College in Lakeland.
Seems to be 1930s era. Full-text search is offered, but didn’t work when I tried it.

New The Daily Titan
California State University, Fullerton
1960-current
Browseable PDFs, but no search capability.

New The Tech
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
1881-current
A full text searchable collection.

New Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley State University, Michigan
Has assorted school publications online, including The Lanthorn and other student newspapers (1963-current) and Grand Valley Magazine.

New Florida’s Stetson University student newspapers
1887-current.

From Kent Gerber, a list he put together of newspaper archives using the Contentdm platform (not my favorite, but what the hey!). Mostly college student papers from all over, and easier to link to Kent than add all the links here!

One of the best archives available is the aptly-named NewspaperArchive.com. This is a subscription service, but well worth it. I use them constantly in my research, and recommend them highly. You’ll find plenty of old college antics in their deep databases.

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