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Missouri State University student publications go online

The Special Collections and Archives Department at Missouri State University recently announced two additions to its online digital collections. Visitors to the University Libraries’ Web site can now read the earliest years of the student yearbook and the student newspaper.

To store, manage and deliver their student yearbook, the Ozarko, and their student newspaper, the Southwest Standard, to the Web, the Special Collections and Archives Department uses OCLC’s CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software.

The Ozarko was Missouri State University’s yearbook, published 1909-1992 (with the exceptions of 1918-1921 and 1944-1946). The Southwest Standard, now known as the Standard, was first published in 1912. Both are now available online through 1922.

Viewers from around the world can not only browse through the publications but also search them! “Thanks to the OCR [optical character recognition] software, visitors are able search for family names or mentions of certain events,” says Shannon Mawhiney, digitization specialist. “This project is sure to be of great use to genealogists, historians and anyone interested in the history of the university.”

The time period included in this first part of the project goes to 1922, and covers the time the university was known as “Missouri State Normal School #4” and the earliest years as “Southwest Missouri State Teachers College.” David Richards, head of Special Collections, notes that “the project certainly gives insight to the early history of our school and will be of interest to regional historians. For example, visitors to the digital collections will see early photos of Doling Park and advertisements for Springfield’s early businesses.”

This is an ongoing project and as later issues are digitized, they will be made available through the Web site. This digitization project is supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In addition, the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City is transferring the microfilm of the Standard to a digital format.

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In addition to these student publications, visitors can view other materials, including pages from medieval manuscripts, photographs of the local African American community, and early 20th century Frisco railroad car paint diagrams.

Missouri State University's yearbooks