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Box 1

Box 2

Box 3

Box 4

Box 5

Box 6

Box 7

Box 8

Box 9

Box 10

Box 11a

"Polaris" [unpublished yearbook]

Box 12

Box 13a

Box 13b

Box 14A

Box 14B

Northern Illinois (March 12, 1936 is encapsulated)

Northern Illinois; Northern Star (loose)

Northern Star (bound volumes)

Northern Star (loose)

Northern Star negatives

Northern Star circa 2500 digital images from 2003; 13 compact disks



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Collection Overview

Title: Student Publications, 1899+

Predominant Dates:1900-2003

ID: RHC/UA/36/

Extent: 143.75 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1966

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Student Publications records series contains a number of student publications.  Only two, the The Student Publications records series contains a number of student publications.  Only two, the Northern Star and Towers, are still being published.  Background information, such as constitutions and budget proposals, are included for some publications.

Collection Historical Note

One month after the school opened in 1899, the Northern Illinois appeared.  It became the school news source, a monthly booklet of articles on events.  In 1923, it adopted a newspaper format and began using Journalism students as reporters.  Also, it expanded to a bi-weekly printing, and, then, to four days per week.  It became known as the Northern Star in 1954 and in 1968, it began to appear five days a week.  The Northern Star receives its funding from student fees and from the advertisements it sells.

Alternatives to the Northern Star have been short-lived.  The Quarterback, which ran from 1961 to 1963, ended publication when its funding was cut.  The University said its articles belonged in the Northern Star and its poetry in TowersThe Edge, 1964-1965, was sponsored by the United Campus Christian Fellowship.  It was welcomed by the Northern Star as an alternative publication and a replacement for the QuarterbackThe Edge, 1967-1968, was sponsored by a student group called the Edge Society.  Most of its material was anti-Vietnam articles.  This second edition of the Edge was opposed to the Northern Star.  In 1967, the Kishwaukee Surfer appeared.  Its primary purpose was to criticize the Student Activity Board elections and the University administration.  It, too, opposed the Northern Star.  The Kishwaukee Surfer was run by a person called K. Mulliner.

Towers is the campus literary magazine.  It is sponsored by the Xi Delta chapter of Signa Tau Delta, an honorary English fraternity.  Towers began publication in 1939, but was not published from 1941 to 1946 due to the war.  It was an annual magazine until 1963, but was  published twice a year through 1988. Since that date it is again an annual publication. It contains prose, poetry and art works of students.  The Collegiate was, primarily, a humor magazine.  Only one issue is in the collection.  The Autumn Journal was a magazine that appeared twice in 1790.  It was published by the Intersolopsistic Command, which had an address in the Student Activities Center.  Seems was a literary magazine that published works from writers outside of the DeKalb area.  It appeared from 1971 to 1975 and obtained some sort of sponsorship from the English Department, though it never claimed to accept University funds.  A group of students published Seems and the magazine was available either individually or through a yearly subscription.

The Norther yearbook was first published in 1900.  It was funded through subscriptions until 1934 when student activity fee money was set aside for the yearbook.  Format changed from a book to a three issue magazine in 1971.  Publication of the Norther ceased a few years later, due to increasing costs and decreasing student interest.  In 1985 and 1986 students put out a new yearbook, The Gargoyle, but costs of publication again caused this publication to fold.

For additional information on student publications, especially Northern Star, Towers, Norther and Quarterback, consult the Report of the Temporary Committee on Publications in the Boards, Councils and Committees records series.


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[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Box 6],
[Box 7],
[Box 8],
[Box 9],
[Box 10],
[Box 11a],
[Box 11b-c: "Polaris" [unpublished yearbook], 1982],
[Box 12],
[Box 13a],
[Box 13b],
[Box 14A],
[Box 14B],
[Box 15-16: Northern Illinois (March 12, 1936 is encapsulated), 1899-1947],
[Box 17: Northern Illinois; Northern Star (loose), September 13,1947-September 30, 1954; October 7, 1954],
[Oversize 2: Northern Star (bound volumes), (September 1964-1968, 1970-January 1973)],
[Box 18-: Northern Star (loose), May 9, 1969; October 24, 1969; January 7, 1971; September 10,12,13, 1973; 1],
[Box 1N-22N: Northern Star negatives, Fall 1981- Summer 1989],
[Box 23N: Northern Star circa 2500 digital images from 2003; 13 compact disks, 2003],
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Box 6
Volume 1-8: Norther (8 volumes), 1931-1938

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Box 6],
[Box 7],
[Box 8],
[Box 9],
[Box 10],
[Box 11a],
[Box 11b-c: "Polaris" [unpublished yearbook], 1982],
[Box 12],
[Box 13a],
[Box 13b],
[Box 14A],
[Box 14B],
[Box 15-16: Northern Illinois (March 12, 1936 is encapsulated), 1899-1947],
[Box 17: Northern Illinois; Northern Star (loose), September 13,1947-September 30, 1954; October 7, 1954],
[Oversize 2: Northern Star (bound volumes), (September 1964-1968, 1970-January 1973)],
[Box 18-: Northern Star (loose), May 9, 1969; October 24, 1969; January 7, 1971; September 10,12,13, 1973; 1],
[Box 1N-22N: Northern Star negatives, Fall 1981- Summer 1989],
[Box 23N: Northern Star circa 2500 digital images from 2003; 13 compact disks, 2003],
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