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The Student Newspaper Digitization Project

CWU's student-managed newspaper, the Observer, and its predecessors, the Campus Crier and Student Opinion, are not only the primary source of information on the history of Central Washington University but also an important resource on the history of central Washington state. The student newspaper has been published since December 1916 and is now one of the most requested resources in the university archives at Dr. James E. Brooks Library.

In 2006, the available original student newspapers were microfilmed as part of a state-wide newspaper preservation initiative. However, the microfilm did not permit multiple users to use the same materials at the same time.

In 2011, due to increased preservation concerns, the department's staff had to begin restricting access and prohibiting photocopying and scanning of the earliest published newspapers.

Restricting access to important historical and institutional history is detrimental for our wide array of researchers.

In the fall of 2012, Brooks Library committed to raise and solicit funds to digitize the microfilm, 1917-2000, in order to foster greater access and use, and to preserve the original newspapers for the next generation of researchers.

As a result of the generous contributions of the following organizations and individuals, the issues of CWU's student newspapers, 1917-2000, are now searchable online:

Robert Ford, Director, Campus Life
Scott Wade, Executive Director of University Advancement
Patricia Cutright, Dean of Dr. James E. Brooks Library

Central Washington University, Services and Activities Fees Committee:

Isa Loeb, ChairJack Baker, S&A Adviser (ex-officio)
Clint Wylie, Vice ChairJohn Bowen, Faculty-Geography
Matthew BairdSharon Jonassen, Student Funds Manager (ex-officio)
Lance LarsenKay Kenison, S&A Secretary
Zachary RussellScott Robinson, Faculty-Theatre Art
Dustin Waddle-FordTodd Shiver, Faculty-Music
Kylea Wells BrownConnie Williams, AVP-Finance & Business Auxiliaries