Continuing a painstaking digitization project, the Washington and Lee University Library is pleased to announce that about 2,000 additional issues of the student newspaper The Ring-tum Phi are now available online through the University’s Digital Archive.
The Phi probably is the longest-running record of life at W&L, and these additions extend our online access from 1897 through 1984. For various reasons, some issues of the Phi are missing from the database — Volume 18 (1914-1915), Volume 22 (1919), Volume 31 (1927-1928), and Volume 32 (1928-1929).
How close are we getting to “modern times?” The most recent digitized issue (25 May 1984) features an article about the Board of Trustees preparing to discuss the admission of women as undergraduate students — an article written by then-student Mike Allen, now chief White House correspondent for Politico.
If you have questions about this project or about the Digital Archive program, please feel free to contact Digital Scholarship Librarian Alston Cobourn @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 458-8657.