History Lesson: CCNY Digital Gallery Now Offers Historic News at Your Fingertips

March 12, 2013 | CUNY Matters, The University

Coverage of Albert Einstein’s 1921 CCNY visit – including his high praise for the college. Accounts of Depression-era campus protests and rallies. News spanning the years of World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, McCarthyism, Civil Rights and the Vietnam War.

the-campus-newspaper-1This trove of historical information appeared in The Campus, CUNY’s oldest continuously published student newspaper, during its first 74 years. Those issues — from the debut on Sept. 30, 1907, through 1981 — now are available free online at http://digital-archives.ccny.cuny.edu/gallery/. It’s the latest addition to the archives at CCNY’s Morris Raphael Cohen Library’s Digital Gallery, which eventually will also offer post-1981 issues of The Campus online (they’re all presently available on paper, while issues since November 2010 can be accessed on The Campus website, //ccnycampus.org/).

In a 1921 issue, The Campus quotes Einstein, who was at CCNY to give a series of talks, as saying:: “I was astonished at the close friendship between your faculty and students — a condition rarely seen or even possible in German universities. It is an admirable example of American democracy.”

The digital archive project was organized by City College’s archivist, professor Sydney Van Nort, in cooperation with CCNY’s chief librarian and associate dean, Pamela Gillespie.