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UI Library Releases Argonaut Student Newspaper Digital Collection

February 14, 2017

The University of Idaho Library's Digital Initiatives program has released a new website featuring digitized issues of the UI Argonaut newspaper dating from 1898 to 2010.

The Argonaut is the award-winning student newspaper produced by UI Student Media in the Department of Student Involvement. Continuously in print since 1898, it was historically published twice a week during the academic year and distributed across campus and throughout Moscow and Pullman. The Argonaut continues to publish a print edition once a week, as well as online at www.uiargonaut.com.

The Library's new digital collection provides access to nearly 6,000 issues of the Argonaut in PDF format with transcripts produced by Optical Character Recognition, which allows for full-text searching.

“By offering this keyword searching functionality, researchers can uncover tales about generations of Vandals by name, see how events changed over time, and drill down into exact news stories, all from the comfort of a computer or smartphone,” said Erin Stoddart, head of UI Library Special Collections and Archives.

The pages of The Argonaut are a treasure trove of university happenings, opinions and local advertisements, offering a fascinating glimpse into the details of the past century of campus life. The Argonaut Student Newspaper Digital Collection complements the Gem of the Mountain Yearbook Collection, Campus Photograph Collection, and University of Idaho Historical Photograph Collection to illustrate the rich history of the University of Idaho.

The new Argonaut digital collection can be explored at http://www.lib.uidaho.edu/digital/argonaut/.

Questions and comments about the collection may be directed to Evan Williamson, Digital Infrastructure Librarian, at ewilliamson@uidaho.edu.

Media Contact:
Evan Williamson
Digital Infrastructure Librarian, University of Idaho Library
208-885-6260
ewilliamson@uidaho.edu

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