Digitize Colorado College Newspapers
June 2019 Update:
You now have another chance for you to help make past issues of the Colorado College student newspapers full text searchable online with the re-launch of CC’s crowd funding projects during June.
Our goal is to make it easier to explore and discover stories from CC’s past. This will transform the experience of student’s in classes like Space, Place, & Belonging at CC who do research on campus life. It will allow alums to find stories about their time at CC and make it easier to trace the history of student journalism on campus. For more information about the project, see below and check out the "Updates" tab.
Thanks again to everyone who has already supported Tutt Library's work to make the College’s past more visible!
JoAnn Jacoby, Library Director
Colorado College’s student newspapers contain a wealth of information about life at CC from the 19th-21st centuries and are a treasure trove of alumni memories. The library has digitized the papers back to the earliest years and made them freely available in Digital CC and the Internet Archive. Searching is clunky, though: alumni and other researchers can only search one year at a time. For example, if you search for the name “Owen Cramer” in the 1968-69 papers you’ll find three references, a great start! But if you want to follow Owen’s career to the present day, you’ll have to repeat that search 50 more times.
We can make searching faster and easier. As a pilot, we’ve enhanced access to the Colorado Collegian, the CC student paper from 1890-1899, with the ability to search across multiple years. If you search the word “tigers,” for example, you’ll see that it was first used to describe CC teams in 1898. (Figuring that out before digitization would have taken hours instead of seconds).
Raising $3,000 will allow us to transform an entire decade, from September 1959-May 1969, while a whole month of student newspapers can be made full-text-searchable for only about $50. A small gift can go a long way for alumni memories!
Interested in supporting other decades? Please contact JoAnn Jacoby, Library Director at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the possibilities.