The Vidette Newspaper Archives at Milner Library holds the digitized pages of Illinois State University’s campus newspaper. The Vidette Archives is a joint project made possible by University Archives and Milner Library’s Digitization Center, along with help from an outside company Veridian. The archives currently contains 4,622 issues with 47,055 pages ranging from 1888 to 1980. The Vidette Archives is used for a variety of purposes including research, class projects, and by alumni wanting to find classmates or relieve memories of their time on campus.
There are many reasons the current digitized issues stop at 1980. The amount of content, the size of issues, and the frequency of publications increased greatly beginning in 1981, which makes the digitization process more complex. For these reasons, the next phases of the project will be broken up by decades.
Unfortunately, newspaper material wasn't made to last much longer than the time it took to read the paper. While University Archives has the physical and microfilm copies of all Vidette issues, these physical copies suffer from wear and tear, and are not as acccessible as their online counterparts. During Birds Give Back 2021, help us raise funds to digitize issues from 1981 to 1990!