Student Newspapers at Northwestern University, 1871 - 2005

The Northwestern University Archives News December-February, 2005-2006
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Archives Exhibit Features Student Newspapers

In January, 2006, The Daily Northwestern celebrates the 125th anniversary of Northwestern University’s official student newspaper. But while the first paper called The Northwestern appeared in 1881, student newspapers at Northwestern date back to 1870, when a “College Department” section, with student editors, was published in the short-lived The Evanstonian. And The Daily itself didn’t become a daily (published five times a week) until 1910.

In this exhibit, the University Archives draws on its resources to chronicle the development of Northwestern’s official student newspaper. Beginning with The Daily’s predecessors, the exhibit illustrates changes in style, size, and content in our student newspapers over the years. Also featured are Daily reporters and others who went on to fame and fortune. In addition, the exhibit includes examples of the numerous “alternative” papers that have co-existed with the Daily to meet the needs of specific audiences or situations.

Click on the links below to navigate to different areas of the exhibit. All images can be expanded by clicking on them. Enjoy!