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University of Oklahoma Student Newspapers 1897-2017

Identifier: CAC-IA-4


  • Majority of material found in 1897-2017


236641 See container summary (The drive contains 236,641 total files which account for the newspaper titles and all formatted copies, inventory sheet, and preservation images. The drive is stored in a hard drive box which is 23"x14.5"x2")


The University of Oklahoma Student Newspapers Collection comprises work produced across various publications that have chronicled the evolution of the University of Oklahoma since its earliest days.

It includes The Sooner State Press, which was founded by H.H. Herbert, a professor emeritus and administrator for 46 years at the School of Journalism, which published The Press weekly minus late summer hiatuses from 1920-75.

But its heart begins with the University Umpire, which was published semi-weekly between 1897-1903 and was the first student-run newspaper for OU. In 1903, the paper was renamed the University Oklahoman a title it held through 1916. On Sept. 18, 1916, under the leadership of editor Willard H. Campbell, the paper changed its title once more, to The Oklahoma Daily. It holds that trade name to this day, though in recent years it has commonly been known in name and branding simply as The OU Daily, or The Daily.

The Daily went digital with one of college media's first websites on April 19, 1995, as a Daily columnist and friends of Middle Eastern descent launched the site so people beyond Oklahoma could read news from the state. From 2006-08, its web presence merged with the Sooner Information Network in a student portal named the HUB. In 2008, it separated anew and redesigned into, which remains its online home today, drawing an average of 5 million visitors annually in recent years.

In all its forms, for more than 100 years, The Daily has been the only independent, student-run media outlet dedicated to serving OU's students, faculty, staff, and alumni on campus, in the state and around the world. The pages available in this Collection show that span of coverage in the printed form as it has evolved from 1916 to present day.

This collection was digitized with the generous support of Inasmuch Foundation in 2020. The grant has provided the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and OU with the opportunity to offer an indispensable community resource, online and free of charge, for research, entertainment, or simply historical gratification.

Repository Details

Part of the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections Repository

630 Parrington Oval
Room 202B
Norman Oklahoma 73109 United States