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Historical Student Publications Digitized

Images of covers of printed copies of historical Lehigh student publications

In 2015, Special Collections was awarded $3,100 by the Lehigh Sesquicentennial Committee to digitize fourteen historical Lehigh student publications dating from the 1870s through the 1970s, containing scholarship, artwork, photography, poetry and prose, and humor created by Lehigh students over the years.

Along with the Brown and White and the Epitome, these publications document campus life, events and activities; administrative and curricular decisions; development of buildings and grounds; and life in the surrounding neighborhoods. Some of these student publications predate the Brown and White and the Epitome, so news and announcements in those issues were not covered otherwise, such as The Burr editorials from the 1880s that provide the first (and only) information about Lehigh’s first African-American student, and tell the story of the "first touchdown ever by a Lehigh student".

These student publications serve as invaluable primary source materials for understanding the institution and telling its story for Lehigh history-related events, classes, and research projects. The content will be used by the Anthropology, Art History, Creative Writing, and History faculty, among others, in their relevant classes. We envision that this project will greatly enhance historical research into Lehigh’s heritage. In addition, this content, along with the other digital archives, will serve as a critical resource tool for staff in Development, the Alumni Association, Athletics, Facilities, and other administrative offices for fact finding and fundraising projects.

The 14 titles included in the project are: The Bachelor, The Burr, Journal of Engineering Society, Lehigh Goblet, Lehigh Quarterly, Lehigh Review, Quintain, Paisley, Manage A Six, Lehigh Journal, Lehigh Serendipity, Auf Deutsch Bitte, Pricked Ear and Lehigh Reporter. They contain approximately 15,000 pages and will be digitized by the Internet Archive with the content being made freely accessible online worldwide. The Internet Archive, who has already digitized the Epitome, course catalogs and the Alumni Bulletin, provides scanning and metadata services and will host the content on the web for display and access. The digitized content will be available at the beginning of the Spring semester. A sneak preview can be accessed through this link:
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