Eastern Progress Now Digitized Back to 1922, Searchable Online

Nothing quite chronicles the day-to-day history of a college campus like a student-produced newspaper.

Eastern Kentucky University alumni and others can more easily re-visit the past now, thanks to a recently-completed digitization project encompassing all issues of The Eastern Progress from 1922-2005 and most issues since. The issues can be browsed online by year and date and are searchable by keywords.

The project was made possible by almost $5,000 in gifts from 21 donors. Since completion last year, the Progress collection has been accessed almost 100,000 times. The four most popular issues have been Feb. 26, 1987; April 1, 1966; Nov. 4, 1955; and March 14, 1968.

“You learn things in the Progress that you won’t necessarily see anywhere else,” said Jackie Couture, University records officer and digital archives specialist for EKU Libraries. “You get a day-to-day history from a student perspective, the nitty-gritty part of Eastern that gets overlooked at times.”

In addition to the Progress, Special Collections and Archives makes available digitized copies of the Milestone yearbook, alumni magazine, undergraduate catalogs, literary magazines, sports media guides and other University publications. All can be viewed at encompass.eku.edu/upubs.

Published on February 14, 2014