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Many student publications have come and gone during the University's long history. These imprints, whether short-lived or long-standing, have served to a varying extent as platforms for young writers and as training grounds for aspiring editors, photographers, and illustrators. Historically, no other student activity has reached and regularly served more of the campus community than student-based publications. The eyewitness accounts of university events, assorted political commentary, poetry, and pictures preserved on their pages embody 161 of the 210 years that UNC has been open to students.

This web site is a condensed version of an exhibit that appeared in the North Carolina Collection Gallery from February 24 to June 3, 2005.

The themes included are Early Newspapers, The Daily Tar Heel, Literary Magazines, Political Newsletters, A Diverse Student Body, Humor, and Other Publications.

All images and publications shown here are available for viewing at the North Carolina Collection Reading Room.

For more information on Student Publications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, please visit our comprehensive site at this link.


Breaking the Gender Barrier

In 1974 three significant student publications had female editors. Pictured left to right, Scottee Cantrell, editor of SHE; Susan Miller, editor of The Daily Tar Heel; and Emma Pullen, editor of Black Ink.

Female Editors

Literary Trumpet, November 12, 1846

The Literary Trumpet primarily contains jokes and short essays. The longest piece is a satire entitled “Early Reminiscences of C. Hill” which relates that “After the organization of the institution the first care of the trustees was to procure a proper victualler for the boys: and the secondary care was as a matter of course, an appropriate faculty.” This broadside is the only remaining vestige of this publication.

Literary Trumpet

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Hillel Voice, January 1944

This newsletter published by the UNC chapter of the B’nai B’rith Hillel organization is representative of the various publications produced by campus religious groups. Hillel Voice covers news of both local and national interest to the Jewish community.
Hillel Voice
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