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Ohio University Alumni Journals become newest addition to the Libraries’ digital initiatives

The newest digitized collection from the University Libraries, the Ohio University Alumni Journals, is now linked directly from the Libraries updated digital initiatives launch page.  

This collection joins the University’s recently digitized yearbook collection and includes 538 issues dating back nine decades. Each issue is key word searchable and can be read online like a book.

“The alumni magazines are by far the best comprehensive resource for exploring changes over time at Ohio University since 1919,” said University Archivist Bill Kimok. “Over the past 90 years, stories in these magazines have kept alumni, administrators, faculty, staff, students and other interested readers informed about current and past university building projects, special events, research successes and exciting new methods in academic instruction.”    

The project to digitize Ohio University's alumni journal for the years 1919-2001 was a joint undertaking between Ohio University Libraries and Ohio University Alumni Association. It was made possible due to a grant awarded to LYRASIS from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to create a Library Mass Digitization Collection.

The alumni journal continues to be published as Ohio Today. The series also includes occasional special issues such as The Ohio University Alumnus Magazine, Alumni Directory, Special Report, and Report of Annual Giving.

The Libraries’ current digitization project out of the University Archives is the Ohio University course catalogues dating back to 1831.  These catalogues will be available to view later this year.