Syracuse University Magazine

Digitizing History

Dan Stone ’65 has fine memories of his time at The Daily Orange. In his column “Millstones and Milestones,” he reflected on campus issues and documented Robert Kennedy’s race for the U.S. Senate in New York. Now, Stone’s work can be found online, thanks to the student newspaper’s digital archiving initiative that he’s helped fund. “I think every school in America would benefit from a day-to-day chronology of what was happening on its campus,” says Stone, a retired communications executive based in Chicago.  

For the past couple of years, The Daily Orange (DO) has been digitizing its print archives to make its legacy available to young and old. A small committee of DO alumni and staff coordinates the initiative, trying to raise enough funds to include every single edition from the publication’s more than a century of history. SU Archives has supported the initiative, helping compile print copies of the DO. “The goal is to get every year, every paper, every semester,” says Meghin Delaney ’13, head of the archives committee and an education reporter for the Bradenton Herald in Bradenton, Florida. “We’re working on a project that will bring the rich and vibrant history of Syracuse University and The Daily Orange to life.” 

Donors tend to sponsor the years they worked at the paper or attended SU. So far, almost 40 years of archival material have been made available. But the publication’s early years are the hardest to find sponsors for. “Unfortunately, many alumni who worked at the paper at that time are no longer living,” Delaney says.

Casey Fabris ’15, the DO’s editor in chief for this past school year, believes the archives are a great resource for both writers and readers. “For our staff, it’s important to have a knowledge of how things were reported in the past,” Fabris says. “It’s also great for readers who are interested in history about how things came together on the campus.”

Although the student newspaper wasn’t independent from the University at the time Stone wrote his column back in the ’60s, he believes the DO’s mission has remained the same. “It’s an ideal training ground for future journalists,” he says. “It gives them a chance to look into issues more in depth and call students’ attention to them.”  —Pablo Mayo Cerqueiro

For more information on The Daily Orange archives project, call 315-443-2315, or visit dailyorange.com/donate.



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111 years and counting

The first issue of The Daily Orange appeared on September 15, 1903. It took Irving Templeton 25 hours to handset the type before printing and delivering the paper.  

The DO flags shown here are a sampling of the changes in culture and design through the years.

Image courtesy of Mike Swartz, upstatement.com