Northwestern's Class of 1879.

One of the major sources of Northwestern news is now available online thanks to a large digitization initiative at Northwestern University Libraries. All Northwestern alumni publications published between 1903 and 1987 are now viewable in HathiTrust, a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world

This collection of the University’s official alumni publications is fully text searchable, making research easy for historians, alumni and genealogists. Previously, these publications were available only in physical form in University Archives. The index for these publications was far from complete, however, and without a precise date to go by, researchers could face a long and frustrating hunt.

“The greatest source of information about a university is its student newspaper, but a close second is its alumni publications,” said University archivist Kevin Leonard. “We reference the alumni publications all the time; now we’ll be using them even more and to greater effect.”

The publications, and their links in the HathiTrust site, are:

Alumni News-Letter (1903-1914)

Alumni Journal (1914-1921)

Northwestern University Alumni News (1921 – 1969)

Northwestern Alumni News (1971-1987)

HathiTrust is a collaboration of the 13 universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the University of California system, and the University of Virginia, and currently includes digitized volumes from the University of Michigan, University of California, Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin. The HathiTrust partners are committed to developing the repository and its services to meet the long-term needs of their academic communities, and offer a unique resource on the Web for scholarship and research.

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