Explore Grinnell College’s history through digital archive of Scarlet & Black

Archive of student newspaper provides a new way to examine 116 years of history

Grinnell, Iowa - Embargoed until Oct. 3, 2014

A new digital archive of the Scarlet & Black student newspaper at Grinnell College will be accessible to the public for the first time on Friday, Oct. 3, the Grinnell College Libraries announced today.

This online archive provides free access to the College's archive of the Scarlet & Black from the first issue in 1894 to the last issue of May 2010. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and researchers can explore the archive at http://usiagrc.arcasearch.com/Research.aspx.

The archive is accessible to all Web users both on and off Grinnell’s campus. It can be searched by anyone with a Web connection, but individual articles are not searchable or findable directly through Google or other search engines.

In addition to being a valuable source for research, this archive provides a fun way to peruse the College’s history. One hundred years ago today (Oct. 3), for example, social life at Grinnell became a little more egalitarian when the ladies’ societies unanimously voted to abolish “rushing” and open all of their meetings to all of the women on campus. Additionally, students celebrated the start of the new football season with a massive pep rally featuring the cheer, “We’ll give a yell for old Grinnell!”

Whether learning about Grinnell notables — such as George Herron, Robert Noyce ’49 or Hallie Flanagan Davis, class of 1911 — or just checking out college days gone by, researchers can use the text search feature to find articles on specific topics. The browse feature makes it easy to review articles published in specific decades, years, months or days.

Since its first publication on Sept. 12, 1894, the Scarlet & Black has served as a vital source of up-to-date news on campus, an important record of Grinnell College and a rich historical resource.

“The Grinnell College Libraries are pleased to provide this powerful new way to explore the College’s history using the Scarlet & Black online archive,” said Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Librarian of the College Richard Fyffe.

About Grinnell College
Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell’s rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.

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