UMass Student Publications Collection

  • 1871-2011
  • 27 boxes (16.5 linear foot)
  • Call no.: RG 045/00

Since almost the time of first arrival of students at Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1867, the college's students have taken an active role in publishing items for their own consumption. Beginning with the appearance of the first yearbook, put together by the pioneer class during their junior year in 1870 and followed by publication of the first, short-lived newspaper, The College Monthly in 1887, students have been responsible for dozens of publications from literature to humor to a range of politically- and socially-oriented periodicals.

This series consists of the collected student publications from Massachusetts Agricultural College (1867-1931), Massachusetts State College (1931-1947), and the University of Massachusetts (1947-2007), including student newspapers, magazines, newsletters, inserts, yearbooks, and songbooks. Publications range from official publications emanating from the student body to unofficial works by student interest groups or academic departments. Links to digitized versions of the periodicals are supplied when available.

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Background


An image of: Collegian editorial department, 1921-1922

Collegian editorial department, 1921-1922

Since almost the time of first arrival of students at Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1867, the college's students have taken an active role in publishing items for their own consumption. Beginning with the appearance of the first yearbook, put together by the pioneer class during their junior year in 1870 and followed by publication of the first, short-lived newspaper, The College Monthly in 1887, students have been responsible for dozens of publications from literature to humor to a range of politically- and socially-oriented periodicals.

Scope of collection

Record Group 45/00 represents the collected publications of students and student groups beginning with the first student yearbook in 1869. The publications include a nearly complete run of student newspapers and yearbooks, literary magazines, humor magazines, and other topical serial publications. Links to digitized versions of the periodicals are supplied when available.

Inventory

Humor magazines
1887-2011
The Squib
1915-1924
Contents:

A short-lived humor magazine, published by students of Massachusetts Agricultural College.

1917 Dec.
1920-1921
1921-1922
1922-1923
1923-1924 Nov.
Yahoo
1954-1973
Biographical note:

Yahoo, a collegiate humor magazine, was first published in 1954 by students at University of Massachusetts Amherst "to satirize college life in general and to expose the humorous institutions of the University in particular." The magazine also provided a forum for student expression and opinion on broader contemporary issues. Yahoo earned the description "ill-fated" in 1966, when it finally became too outrageous for its time. Following a verbal barrage by Senator Kevin B. Harrington (D-Salem) who was displeased by cartoons, the university administration cut Student Senate funds from Yahoo in 1966. Following the suspension, an "unmentionable" campus humor magazine was published in 1968, under the titles "Magazine" and "NO". In the spring of 1969, Yahoo returned to campus when the Trustees approved the re-use of the name Yahoo for the "unnamed" campus humor magazine. The last issues of Yahoo were published in 1973.

Contents:

Magazines contain feature articles, short stories, editorials, poems, cartoons, sketches, photographs, and advertising. Organization records include constitutions, board and committee files, correspondence, and newsclippings.

Literary magazines
1887-2011
Caesura
1962-1967
Contents:

Issues contain a blend of original student (and some faculty) prose, poetry, short stories and artwork. Notable contributors included Robert L. Levey (class of 1960), Beverly (Buffy) Sainte-Marie (class of 1962), Paul E. Theroux (class of 1963) and faculty member, Jules Chametzky (see FS 1). Included in the collection are some clippings pertaining to the history of Caesura. Caesura was also published under previous titles:

  • The Literary Magazine (1958-1962)
  • The Quarterly (1946-1958)
  • The Collegian Quarterly (1937-1946)

Collegian Quarterly
1938-1955
Biographical note:

The Collegian Quarterly first appeared 1937 and 1938 in newspaper format as a literary supplement to The Massachusetts Collegian to "offer the [Massachusetts State College] student an outlet for the expression of his Ideas and Experience." Under the guidance of the Academic Activities Board, the Collegian Quarterly Board (consisting of the Editor, Associate Editor and Assistant Editor) and staff edited and published four issues each academic year. Starting in the autumn of 1938, the Collegian Quarterly was printed in a smaller booklet format, although the 1944 issue was printed in newspaper format. The name changed in 1946 to Quarterly and in 1958 to The Literary Magazine. The Literary Magazine was succeeded by Caesura in 1962.

Contents:

Issues contain student prose and poetry, photographs, and sketches, as well as advertisements. Included in the collection is one small folder containing memoranda, news clippings and a 1981 note from Dr. Max Goldberg detailing some historical information on the Collegian Quarterly.

Newspapers and newsletters
1887-2011
Aggie Life
1890-1901
Contents:

First published in 1890 as a semi-monthly student newspaper of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, Aggie Life's mission was to record all matters of general interest concerning the College, students and alumni, and to provide a forum for student writing. Prior to 1890, weekly college news appeared in a column of the local town newspaper, The Amherst Record. In 1901, after the students voted to discontinue using the term Aggie to identify student publications, Aggie Life was renamed the College Signal.

Newspaper contains campus and alumni news, feature stories, student editorials and literary works, photographs, advertisements and sports information. Also included in this collection are Aggie Life and College Signal secretary's book (1893-1905), Aggie Life Banquet materials (1891), and unbound issues of Aggie Life (1900-1901).

NB: Continued by College Signal .

College Monthly
1887-1888
College Monthly, Vol. 1, no 1
1887 Mar.
Contents:

Not available

Contents:

Capital advice * A voyage to the Bahamas (H.T.F.) * Editorial * Local items * A midnight tragedy * New York letter (Uncle Ben)

Contents:

College sports * Crabs * Editorial * The class of eighty-seven * Commemorative exercises * Local items * Siftings * Commencement exercises

Contents:

New York letter; Siftings

Contents:

Letter from Germany (H. J. Wheeler)

Local items;

Contents:

Man and his shoes (poem)

Agriculture of Japan (Y. Mishima) * Local items * Poem (A Hampshire Country Poet) * College Organizations

Contents:

A Minute with Abraham Lincoln (C. G. Morehouse)

The Grange * Local News * College Sports * A Sleeper * The National Grange

Contents:

The Junior and his sweetheart

M.A.C. * Local news * The spelling class (poem) * Excuses * The Grange

Contents:

Agricultural education

Local news * A chronic liar and a chronic truth-teller (Uncle Ben) * The Grange

Contents:

Who shall spend the fifteen thousand dollars? (C. S. Walker)

College news * Noon at the college boarding house (poem, with illustration) * Bay State Agricultural Society prizes for essays * The Grange

Contents:

Stock at the M.A.C. barn

The Grange * Amherst College * M.A.C. news * The office cat (poem) * Stop thief!!!

Contents:

The Amherst Grange store (E.F.M.)

The Grange * M.A.C. news * Amherst College * To whom it may concern (poem) * The cow

Contents:

Objects of interest at the Mass. Agricultural College * The Grange * Amherst College * M.A.C. news * The class of eighty-eight * The senior class (poem) * Commencement exercises at M.A.C. * Commencement exercises at Amherst College * Siftings

College Signal
1901-1914
Contents:

NB: A continuation of Aggie Life ; continued by Massachusetts Collegian .

1902 Sept.-1903 June
1903 Sept.-1904 June
1904 Sept.-1905 June
1905 Sept.-1906 June
1906 Sept. 26-1907 June 18
1907 Oct. 2.-1908 June
1908 Sept.-1909 June
1909 Sept.-1910 June
1910 Sept.-1911 June
1911 Sept.-1912 June
1912 Sept.-1913 June
1912 Sept.-1914 June
Friday War-Cry
1914-1917
Massachusetts Collegian
1914-2011
Contents:

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, successor to the College Signal, began as a weekly student newspaper in 1914. In 1951 it moved to semi-weekly publication and then to three-times-weekly in 1957. In 1967 it became a daily newspaper, changing its title slightly to the Massachusetts Daily Collegian. From the early 1930s to the late 1940s, Professor Maxwell Goldberg guided the Collegian staff as faculty advisor, however today, the paper operates without a faculty advisor as a financially independent agency funded by advertisement monies.

The nature of the content of the Collegian has changed over the years, particularly since the 1940s when, as a result of campus involvement in World War II and the growth of the university, the newspaper expanded its scope to include information pertaining to broader campus issues and world events, campus news and announcements, world news (primarily since the early 1950s), editorials, columns and opinion pieces, sports news, photographs, and student comics are regular components. Special feature pages were introduced in the late 1970s for Women; World News; Arts and Living; Black Affairs; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Issues; and Jewish Affairs. Other materials in this collection include reports, special and anniversary issues, and articles and news clippings pertaining to the Collegian.

Please note that the title of the Collegian has not been consistently applied. Summer editions of the Collegian were called The Summer Collegian at times, but also went by the name Summer Statesman (1967-1971), The Crier (1972-1973), and The Summer Solstice (1974).

The Collegian has been digitized by academic year, which at different times began in either September or October and ended in May or June. The Collegianalso occasionally published a summer edition or issue.

NB: A continuation of College Signal .

Contents:

Some issues scanned in reverse order

Massachusetts Free Press
1988-2007
M4.5
Minuteman
1986-2007
M5
Contents:

The Minuteman is an independent student newspaper published by The Silent Majority, a Registered Student Organization of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. First published in the spring of 1986, the newspaper, according to its first editors, "provides a forum for alternative political views seldom expressed in existing campus media."

Take Off
1943-1944
1943-1944
Contents:

In 1943 and 1944, the 58th College Training Detachment (Air Crew) of the U.S. Army Air Forces published the newspaper, Take Off. The run of this newspaper is not quite complete and is somewhat irregularly numbered: issues for Mar. 27-April 10, 1943 numbered v.1, no.2-v.1,no.3; issue for April 17, 1943 numbered v.1, no. 5

Yearbooks
1887-2011
Index
1869-2005
1869-1881
1870
1871
1872
1873
1874
1875
1876
1877
1878
1879
1880
1881
1882
1883
1884
1885
1886
1887
1888
1889
1890
1891
1892
1893
1894
1895
1896
1897
1898
1899
1900
1901
1902
1903
1904
1905
1906
1907
1908
1909
1910
1911
1912
1913
1914
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919
1920
1921
1922
1923
1923
1924
1925
1926
1927
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934a
1934b
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
Shorthorn
1921-1957
Contents:

First published in 1921, Shorthorn was the yearbook of the two-year Stockbridge School of Agriculture of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, Massachusetts State College, and the University of Massachusetts. The name changed to Stosag in 1958.

Shorthorn [Not published]
1922
Shorthorn [Not published]
1946
Stosag
1958-2002
Contents:

The Stockbridge School of Agriculture yearbook, previously published as Shorthorn (1921-1957), was renamed Stosag in 1958 on the 40th anniversary of the school's establishment. It ceased publication after the 1995 edition.

Stosag [Not published]
1987
Stosag [Not published]
1992
Stosag [Not published]
1996-1999
Stosag [Not published]
2001
Other student publications
1928-1929
Mass Action
1928-1929
Contents:

A short-lived humor magazine, published by students of Massachusetts Agricultural College.

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

University Archives, 1871-2011.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, February 2013.

Other formats available

Most student publications have been digitized and are available online through the Internet Archive or SCUA's digital repository, Credo. Links to digitized files are included in this finding aid.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: UMass Student Publications Collection (RG 045/00). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Amherst (Mass.)--History.
  • Student newspapers--Massachusetts--Amherst.

Names

  • Massachusetts Agricultural College.
  • Massachusetts State College.
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Students.

Genre terms

  • Newspapers.

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