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The Springhillian, other student newspapers digitized back to early 1900s

The Springhillian, Spring Hill College’s student-produced newspaper, was recently digitized along with other previously published student newspapers, thanks to funding provided to the project by the Spring Hill College Friends of the Library. The Springhillian, which began publication in 1924, has now been made searchable along with the prior Spring Hill news series that goes back to 1910. 

The Springhillian Digitization Project chose Northern Micrographics in Wisconsin, a company specializing in digital imaging for archival document preservation projects, for the seven-month project which began in May 2018. Lauren Jensen, Digital Services Librarian, headed the project with the help of Archives Graduate Assistant Brett Miller and the library’s Director, Gentry Holbert. Copies of The Springhillian on microfilm, microfiche and print were organized, packed in archival boxes and shipped to the company’s headquarters.

“This is much more than a database of photocopies of old newspapers,” said Holbert. “What is amazing about this project is the software is optimized and searchable – even the ads and photograph captions.” The database is online or can be found on the library’s website, library.SHC.edu. Holbert continued, “We get many inquiries in Archives from alumni and families looking for information about their relatives and their time at Spring Hill. Now that information is searchable and very conveniently online.”  

Since 1990, the Friends of the Library have contributed more than $500,000 for special projects for the library including the digitization of all available college yearbooks, academic catalogs, alumni directories and early student literary publications from 1891-1934.

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