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The Daily O’Collegian Archive, from 1895 to 2011 has been created from a silver microfilm master, originally produced by the Oklahoma Historical Society.  A donation from the Friends of the OSU Library enabled the purchase of 144 microfilm reels that became the foundation of the Archive you view today.  Due to the projected size of the Archive, and the hardware and software required for this project, the OSU Library decided to out-source the scanning, optical character reading (OCR), and article segmentation.  After a rigorous vendor search, bidding process and trial phase, iArchives, of Lindon, Utah was selected as the vendor to digitize the OSU Campus newspapers.  Generous financial support from The Daily O’Collegian has made this Archive possible.


The Daily O’Collegian Archive requires over 3 Tb of disk space to store the files running the collection.  Each page of the Daily O’Collegian was scanned as a .tif file and is stored in a dark archive; each newspaper page presented to the viewer requires four files running in the background:  jpg2000, txt, pdf, and xml.  These files work together to show the reader an exact copy of the printed newspaper, with article highlighting and segmentation, which can be printed or downloaded; as well, the whole Archive can be searched by keyword(s) or date(s). The OSU Library is using CONTENTdm on a Windows server as the platform for the Archive; and the staff of Digital Library Services, under the direction of Robin Leech (Head, Digital Initiatives), is responsible for the uploading, and maintenance of this collection.

Search Tips

Search by the title of the newspaper:




Since 1895, the OSU Campus Newspaper has been published under six different titles.  Click on any of these titles, and be taken to the newspaper for that title, during those years.


Search by key word:


Type in a word, click "go".  (works best with single words)


Search by date:


Follow the date format in the example (make sure The O'Colly was published that day!)


Search by year:


Mouse over the words "Search by Year", and click the year you are interested in viewing.


Once in the Archive (here is a screen shot of all the issues for 1986:



All 151 issues, published in 1986 are listed, 20 per page.  Click "next" (in the upper right corner) to view more issues.  By default 20 issues are displayed per page, but you can change the view by clicking on "Display:20" above.


To view one of the issues, click on the thumbnail or title.



A thumbnail for each O'Colly page is provided on the right; just click the page you'd like to view.  or you can click "next", and browse each issues, page by page.


To easily read an article, simply mouse the article (it will be highlighted in yellow), then double click.


The article can either be printed or downloaded.


You may increase the size of the text, using the slider switch, or clicking + or –




The bounding box can be moved, using your mouse, to view all sections of each page:



You can easily return to the original list of issues by clicking on "Results" in the upper right of the screen, or use the arrows to advance to the next published issue:




You can also "Share" O'Colly issues with friends on FaceBook, Twitter and many other social networking sites, by clicking on


Also, please feel free to add tags, ratings, and comments about the articles and issues in the Archive.







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