When The Indiana Student launched as a bi-monthly publication in 1867, the editors noted the intention was to serve as a “reflector of college opinion, thought and life.” The new student paper was a mix of news about the university, editorials, and literary pieces, with a pinch of gossip thrown in. But while the paper served as the official student newspaper –and still does to this day, as the Indiana Daily Student– there were other voices being shared through student magazines, journals, newsletters and circulars, both before and after the IDS came into existence.
Filled with a mix of humor, art, creative writing, and journalism, the earliest of these publications date from the 1840s and span to the present day. Some were officially sanctioned by the University while others were published underground. This exhibition shares just a small selection from two centuries of these student voices.