The Commentator: A Call to Digitize YU’s Student Newspapers. “Rabbi Karasick’s Commentator issues are just one small collection of thousands of fascinating stories that are documented in hundreds of newspapers that hit [Yeshiva University’s] shelves over the past 80+ years. Aside from that which Rabbi Karasick was able to share in person, newspaper archives attest to repeated themes, such as countless attempts to define “Torah Umadda,” as well as unique episodes, such as the newspaper’s decades-long struggle for independence, several sophisticated debates between college faculty and roshei yeshiva and even embarrassing moments such as a 1941 major Commentator headline that bashed Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s candidacy for the position of Rosh Yeshiva. Unfortunately, Commentator archives are not easily accessible.”
Fit to Print: Breaking News! Now Available On Virginia Chronicle!. “Listed below are titles arriving to both the Chronicling America site and Virginia Chronicle in the coming months. Digitized with generous funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the focus of this National Digital Newspaper Program grant cycle, the fifth for Virginia, is antebellum newspapers. So, the vast majority of this group of newspapers will be pre-Civil War era. A noteworthy exception is the Tribune, an African American newspaper published out of Roanoke from 1951-1957.”
SCV News: Budman Donates Vast Signal Photo Archive to Historical Society. “The owner of the Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper has donated the entire Signal Photo Archive – an estimated 1 million individual negatives, prints and digital images documenting the goings-on in the SCV from at least the 1960s to the early 2000s – to the nonprofit Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society.” So nice to read about an archive ending up somewhere besides destroyed or in a dumpster.
University of Arkansas: Libraries Digitize First Issues of Arkansas Traveler Student Newspaper. “The University Libraries have digitized the first issues of the Arkansas Traveler student newspaper from 1907 to 1947. The first phase of the digital project is composed of 1,042 issues or roughly 4,780 single scans.”
Whitman College: College Archives Offers New Digital Database of Student Newspapers . “People interested in exploring the history of Whitman College from a student’s perspective have a new avenue for research: This spring, the archivist at the Penrose Library finished a yearlong effort to digitize archives of the Whitman Pioneer and Whitman Wire newspapers.”
University of Oregon: New collection helps preserve the legacy of a civil rights trailblazer. “Thanks to an anonymous UO Libraries donor, the legacy of African-American journalism in Oregon — and knowledge of an important civil rights pioneer — is becoming more accessible than ever. The generous gift is funding digitization of six new titles that will diversify the perspectives represented in the library’s Historic Oregon Newspapers online resource. Debuting in February 2019, The Advocate is the first of the papers to come online, with issues dating from October 1924 to December 1933 now available.”
Illinois State University: The Vidette Digital Archives now available through 1980. “In January 2018, the first 75 volumes of The Vidette became available online. Now 93 volumes, comprised of over 4,620 issues and over 47,000 pages, are available. This is part of the ongoing plan to continue adding volumes of The Vidette to the digital archives collection through present day.”