UW Student Newspapers Archive
The University of Washington Student Newspapers Archive is a pilot project to provide access to digital facsimiles of the student newspapers published at the University of Washington over time. You can browse the newspapers by date or search by keyword across articles, advertisements, and photo captions. You can print, download, or email individual articles. And it's free!
At this time we have digitized:
University of Washington Student Newspapers
The University of Washington currently has three student newspapers: The Daily of the University of Washington on the Seattle campus, the Ledger on the Tacoma campus, and the Commons on the Bothell campus. These papers are the historical records of each campus as seen through the eyes of the students, faculty, and staff who contributed to each issue. Student-run newspapers often document university life better than any other source — including photographs, news stories, editorials, cartoons, reviews, calendars of events, and advertisements.
The University of Washington has had several student newspapers over time — some have ceased and others have changed names.
These important reflections of campus life are archived in the library on each campus; some on microfilm and some in the original paper. Until these newspapers are digitized, researchers seeking to use them are largely limited to the microfilm collections. To find articles by subject, researchers must use Pacific Northwest Regional Newspaper and Periodical Index a card file started in the 1930's that is located in Special Collections. The Index identifies articles about people and events deemed important at the time, but often omitted items that researchers today might find important.
Once the student newspapers are digitized, the University of Washington Student Newspapers Archive will provide access to all words, photographs, and advertisements. You will see an exact image of each newspaper page, as well as be able to browse each issue page-by-page. The Archive will allow researchers greater flexibility in locating articles and provide access from outside the University Libraries. The University of Washington Student Newspapers Archive will allow students, faculty, staff, and alumni to engage in the history of campus life.
The University of Washington Student Newspapers Archive pilot database was created from the microfilm copy. The digitization and distillation of the microfilm was done by OCLC's Preservation Service Center (Bethlehem, PA). The issues are accessible through CONTENTdm software.
Thank you to the following donors and granting agencies for their generous support of the University of Washington Student Newspaper Archive.
We need your help to continue digitizing the Daily, Bothell Commons, and Tacoma Ledger. Contact Jessica Albano [jalbano at uw dot com] if you would like to contribute.
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