Introduction

Project Description

The San Diego State University (SDSU) Library currently sponsors a project that aims to make historical campus-related journalistic work publicly available online. An effort is already well underway to digitize the Daily Aztec, the official school newspaper, and additional collections have been identified as potential source material, including several “underground” or alternative periodicals. My goal for this internship is to advance the project by taking existing collections of various alternative publications and making them available to the general public, working closely with the Information and Digital Technologies (IDT) department as well as Special Collections.

The end product of the project can be seen on the SDSU Library digital collections website, under Other Voices: Alternative Periodicals at San Diego State University.

The digitization effort includes the following publications:

  • Action – Published by the Committee for Student Action, this publication discussed campus, local, and national issues from a progressive point of view. The collection includes the first issue, published in April 1961.
  • Evolve – Published by the San Diego Young Americans for Freedom, this is a periodical with a conservative, anti-communism focus. It was published starting in 1960, and the collection includes issues through 1965 (Volumes 1-6).
  • Fortnightly Republican – This periodical was published by the San Diego College Young Republicans, as a venue for discussion of campus and local issues. The collection includes issues #1 and #2, published in April and May of 1970.
  • Good Morning Teaspoon – A publication focused on contemporary issues within the campus from a left-wing perspective. Published starting in 1966, collection includes issues through 1968 (Volumes 1-4).
  • Input – This was a publication of the Aztec Young Republicans, discussing campus issues from a conservative point of view.  The collection includes the first issue, published in March of 1970.
  • Inside the Beast – Self-defined as a progressive third world voice, this publication discussed campus and sociopolitical issues from a progressive point of view. It was published starting in 1972, and the collection features early issues from 1972 and early 1973.
  • Now – This periodical was published by the Students for a Democratic Society and contains discussion of relevant topics from a left wing perspective. The collection includes the first issue, published in November of 1965.
  • Reflections – Also published by the Aztec Young Republicans, this periodical had a local focus similar to that of the later Input. The collection includes the second issue, published in April of 1968.
  • Sunrise – This periodical called itself an official campus newspaper as well as an alternative to the Daily Aztec. It discussed campus and other relevant issues and assumed a progressive viewpoint. It was published starting in 1970, and the collection includes most of the first 24 issues, through early 1971.
  • The San Diego State Free Press – Published outside of campus but sponsored by the Committee for Student Action, this publication is similar in its approach and point of view to the already mentioned Action. The collection includes the first issue of the second volume, published in January 1965.
  • The 2nd Revolution – This is the newsletter of the Women’s Studies program at SDSU, containing meeting minutes as well as articles on contemporary issues focused on feminist concerns. It was published starting in 1970, and the collection includes issues through 1971.
  • Women’s Center Newsletter – This is the newsletter of the San Diego Women’s Center, containing meeting minutes and information on upcoming events of interest to the Center’s constituency. The collection includes issues #1 and #3, published sometime around February of 1971.

This site is intended as a summary of the internship experience, and as such contains information on both the project completion process and insights gained into digitization as a result of the internship.


Methodology

The digitization effort comprises the following activities:

  1. Organization of physical material.
  2. Digitization and OCR.
  3. Metadata schema development and population of metadata fields.
  4. Upload and configure in iBase, digital asset management software.
  5. Final quality control check and presentation on the web site.


Acknowledgments

In the course of this project, I worked closely with my site sponsor, Lisa Lamont SDSU’s Digital Collections Librarian, whose guidance and assistance proved invaluable as I worked through the process of creating this collection. I would also like to acknowledge the following people:

  • Marita Johnson, the Metadata and Cataloging Assistant in the Information and Digital Technologies department at the Library, for all her help, and specifically for her input into the creation of the collection metadata.
  • Anne Bahde and Ellen Jarosz, SDSU Special Collections Librarians, especially, for their hard work in pulling together all of the information resources that became this collection.
  • Keven Jeffery, Digital Technologies Librarian at SDSU, for his advice and his assistance in promoting the collection to the Library community.