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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New Digital Project Announced: Western Herald

WMU Archives Digitizing the Student Newspaper from 1916 to 2009
Western Herald will be available to public and searchable

Western Michigan University Libraries and Archives are announcing a new project. It will digitize WMU student newspapers from 1916 to 2009, and when the project is finished, all issues will be made available to the public and searchable online through the Digital Reel interface.

Instead of currently browsing through the microfilm, scanning it and sending it through email, having digitized student newspapers will streamline the ability to answer questions about the University’s history because they will be searchable.

“The digital version will open up access to the newspaper and especially make researching the last fifty years of the Herald much easier,” said Sharon Carlson, Director of WMU Archives.

The University Libraries’ is working with BMI Imaging to scan 91 reels of microfilm to an online format, over 10,000 total pages.  Project completion is estimated for later 2016.

Once scanned, the original newspaper and microfilm will continue to be preserved at Zhang Legacy Collections Center. Though the digital format will allow visitors to conduct their own searches in the archived student newspapers, the University Archives will continue to assist people with their queries.

In addition to the student newspapers, yearbooks and course catalogs were added to WMU Libraries’ digital collections and can also be found at the following  websites:

WMU Yearbooks (1906-1975):
WMU publications:
WMU Course Catalogs (1964-2016):

WMU Archives at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center, (269) 387-8490:
List of WMU Libraries digitized collections:

Western Herald from 1963, December