Thursday, July 17, 2014

Historic UNC Asheville student newspapers available online through DigitalNC

Over 500 issues of UNC Asheville student newspapers are now available online through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center's website. These digitized newspapers date back to 1935, when UNC Asheville was called Biltmore College and the student paper was The Highlander. 

April 1935 issue of The Highlander,
the student paper of Biltmore College

For the last three decades, UNC Asheville students have written, edited, published, and read The Blue Banner, UNC Asheville's student paper since 1984. Before it was called The Blue Banner, the student newspaper had no fewer than five different titles.  Many of these student newspapers (sporting all their various titles)  are available through the website, including:

You'll note that some years appear to be missing from the above list. Not all papers have been digitized for DigitalNC yet. This is an ongoing project and more will be completed over the course of the next year or so. The dates listed above indicate what has been digitized to date.

In addition to the student newspapers mentioned above, also includes a few other UNC Asheville publications, including The Bulldog Barker (2002-2005), an entertainment guide published by the Office of Student Life,  as well as  The Rag and Bone Shop (1979-1981), an art and literary magazine.  There is also one issue of the UNC-A Free Press, an "underground" newspaper from 1974 published by students.

DigitalNC also digitized UNC Asheville's yearbooks. You can view them via this link. 

This digitization project is a collaborative project between UNC Asheville's Archives and Special Collections and the Digital Heritage Center at UNC Chapel Hill. The original copies of all these publications are housed in the Archives in Ramsey Library.

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