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
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.
digitization effort includes the following publications:
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).
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.
– 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).
– 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
– 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.
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.
digitization effort comprises the following activities:
- Organization of physical material.
- Digitization and OCR.
- Metadata schema development and population of
- Upload and configure in iBase, digital asset
- Final quality control check and presentation on the
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.