Tulane University Student Newspapers

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Tulane University Student Newspapers digital collection, when complete, will contain digitized versions of printed student newspapers that are held within University Archives. The earliest sustained newspaper produced by students on campus was the College Spirit, which began publication in 1894. It was preceded by a sporadic publication called The Rat, of which no known copies are extant. College Spirit was produced weekly during its first two years then, after another weekly newspaper, The Olive and Blue, made its debut in 1896. Because the students wanted to publish a daily newspaper, the decision was made to consolidate the two into one newspaper under the original name, College Spirit, in Feb. 1897. However, this proved to be too ambitious a publication schedule, and Daily College Spirit ceased publication at the end of Spring 1897. The Olive and Blue began publishing again weekly in December 1897, and continued until 1906. As it had challenged College Spirit as the representative student newspaper of Tulane in 1896, likewise did The Tulane Weekly challenge The Olive and Blue in 1905. Both weeklies published throughout the 1905/06 academic year, with The Tulane Weekly emerging as the most strongly supported newspaper. It continued publication under this name through 1919. On January 16, 1920, the newspaper’s name changed to The Tulane Hullabaloo, under which it has continuously published since.

Digitization of College Spirit, The Olive and Blue, The Tulane Weekly, and The Tulane Hullabaloo was made possible through a generous donation by Tulane alumnus James E. Bie. Mr. Bie attended Tulane on an athletic scholarship, entering Tulane during the summer of 1945. When he turned 18 in December, he decided to join the Army on his terms rather than waiting to be drafted, so he left Tulane after two semesters to serve in post-war occupied Germany. Afterwards, he returned back to his home in Wisconsin, where he earned a degree in journalism. His time at Tulane remained a fond memory, and 73 years after leaving, he forever linked his experience here with his love of journalism in making possible this digital collection.

Current titles in this collection: Tulane Hullabaloo, 1996-2018
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