The Arkansas Traveler Newspapers

The University Weekly made its debut on October 10, 1906. What originally was a five-column newspaper, has continued to report on campus news and events for nearly 115 years.

1941 Commencement photo retrieved from The Arkansas Traveler. Fayetteville, Ark. Volume 35, Number 59. May 23, 1941. Print.

The University Weekly made its debut on October 10, 1906. What originally was a five-column newspaper, has continued to report on campus news and events for nearly 115 years.

This period in the University's history saw the establishment and growth of student publications, including The Ozark, a news and literary publication that came out in 1895, and The Cardinal yearbook, which began in 1897.

University Libraries' collection of the student newspaper begins with its November 21, 1907 issue, which includes stories one might expect such as "Outlook for Baseball," and "Periclean Society Elects Officers," as well as the less expected- "Sapphic News," which was a call for the best paper on "Ideal Womanhood."

In response to students' interest in changing the name of their newspaper, a contest solicited submissions and there was a $5.00 prize awarded to the winning entry. The first issue in the University Libraries' collection documenting the newspaper's name change to The Arkansas Traveler was in the February 17, 1921 edition.

The frequency of The University Weekly and then The Arkansas Traveler have varied over the years, ranging from daily, weekly, to monthly, including several gaps in publication.

Always intended to report on important student and campus issues, sports, guest speakers, and current events continue to be represented topics.

The newspaper continues to publish, and according to their website: "The Arkansas Traveler: About you, for you, for 111 years. The University of Arkansas award-winning student newspaper, The Arkansas Traveler, strives to serve the school as a reliable news source and to foster the dialogue necessary to identify and protect student interests. 'About students and for students,' the century-old Traveler reflects the reality of living and working at the UA through its daily coverage of campus news and sports. At the same time, the Traveler functions as an introduction to the world of journalism for students who wish to gain hands-on experience in the newsroom."

This digital collection contains issues of The Arkansas Traveler from its first forty years, beginning with the very first issue in 1907. The issues included in this first phase of the project represents just 20% of the total publication history. In the coming months, University Libraries will publish additional issues of the student newspaper as part of its efforts to celebrate and make available documents from the school's history as the 150th anniversary of the University of Arkansas approaches in 2021.

J. William Fulbright photo extracted from The Arkansas Traveler. Fayetteville, Ark. Volume 34, Number 1. September 22, 1941. Print.

Several select stories and images that appear in The Traveler depict ethnic, racial, and gender insensitivity that was once commonplace in American society. Such portrayals were wrong then and are wrong today. While not representing the views of the University of Arkansas today, the issues of this publication are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed.

For more information about the Arkansas Traveler today, please visit their website:

Mary Schilling photo retrieved from The Arkansas Traveler. Fayetteville, Ark. Volume 24, Number 10. December 13, 1929. Print.

Photo illustrating the headline from the University Weekly. Fayetteville, Ark. Volume 15, Number 8. November 24, 1920. Print. The names of those in the picture, reading from left to right, front row: Miss Anna Belle Thompson, Miss Beulah Carl, Miss Mary Johnson, Miss Mae Blakeley, Miss Dollie Randleman, Miss Carry Wilson. Second row: Mrs. Bradford Knapp, Dr. Bradford Knapp, Miss Rowena Schmidt, Miss Zela Burke.

Project Scope and Technical Notes

The Arkansas Traveler Newspapers digital collection at completion will include roughly seven thousand newspaper issues. This first phase is composed of 1,042 issues or roughly 4,870 single scans. The remaining issues will be added to the existent digital collection on a monthly basis until all of the work is accomplished.

The University Libraries project team is composed of Amy Allen, University Archivist; Lori Birrell, Head of Special Collections; Rose Cody, Authority Control Manager; Deborah E. Kulczak, Head of Technical Services and Database Maintenance and Music Cataloging Unit; and Martha A. Anderson, Head of Digital Services.

Images were digitized and processed by Digital Services Department personnel, including Lee A. Holt, Sam Collins, Dexter Fairweather, Ryan Goodwin, Cameron Henley, Laine McGinty, Wendy McLean, Cassidy McManus, Jessica McMichael, Hannah Mills, Laura Montgomery, Pablo Peña, Alejandra Rubio, Alejandro Segura, and Hanna Williams. The digitization team utilized the Atiz BookDrive Mark II scanner to create the preservation files, this a dual-camera adjustable “V” cradle imaging system for capturing books and loose-leaf materials. Optical character recognition (OCR) was added using ABBYY FineReader. Image optimization was performed using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat. CONTENTdm digital asset management software from OCLC was used to create the digital collection and the metadata. The latter was further enhanced by using Dublin Core standards, Library of Congress Name Authorities, the Art and Architectural Thesaurus, and the University of Arkansas Libraries CONTENTdm Cookbook.

Special Thanks

Dylan Hurd and Beth Juhl from Web Services contributed to the webpage design. The project team is thankful for the encouragement and support provided by Carolyn Henderson Allen, Dean of Libraries; Marco De Prosperis, Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration; Molly Boyd, Assistant to the Dean of Libraries; Kelsey Lippard Lovewell, Public Relations Coordinator; and Rachel Krest, Director of Development. This project would have never been possible without the administrative support, the involvement, and the determination of all stakeholders to provide access to these very unique materials.

Suggested Citation

The Arkansas Traveler Newspapers. Special Collections. University of Arkansas Libraries. Fayetteville. April 2019.