WSU's Alumni Newsletters:
Washington State University, then the Washington Agricultural College and School of Science, began classes on January 13th, 1892, and its first alumni newsletter, the Pow Wow, was published in 1910. It has continued to be published since in various iterations and names, including the Alumnus, Powwow, Hilltopics, and Washington State Magazine. The contents varied wildly over the years; during some periods it was mostly status updates of alumni, but more commonly it reported on campus-related events, providing current events news regarding WSU to those located away from campus.
Individual Powwow issues from 1910 through 1969 are compiled in this digital collection; they comprise 421 individual issues and 8785 pages of material. They document the evolution of Washington State University's campus, activities, faculty, and student body over those 60 years, plus the schools's first two decades as well. In 1970, the alumni newsletter became the newspaper-sized Hilltopics; while it is hoped that we will eventually include those here, we are unable to easily scan newspaper-sized documents at this point in time. Physical versions of the issues held in this digital collection can be found either in at WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections at call number LH1.W365 P69, or in WSU’s Holland and Terrell Libraries at call number LD5731.W58 P6.
Searching the Database:
Entering search terms in the box located at the top of the page will search across the full text of all newsletter pages. To read through an individual issue, select Browse This Collection and then click on the appropriate issue in the chronological list. Search results are displayed as a series of thumbnail images that may be browsed. To view the larger image and its corresponding description, click on the thumbnail. An option to return to the Powwow main page is provided in the banner.
Creating the Database:
University Archivist Mark O'English managed the project, designed the metadata schemas, created descriptions, and designed this page. Individual pages were scanned as 300 dpi pdf files on a variety of scanners by Rhonda Anderson. Alex Merrill and Doug Lambeth provided technical support for CONTENTdm. Jeff Kuure designed this page's banner.