If someone were to come into the archives and ask me what I would recommend for them to look at, I would immediately tell them to read the Northern newspapers from past years. The Archives has all of the newspaper editions starting from 1919 all the way to the present in either microfilm reels or as physical copies.
Reading the newspapers can be a more personal way to learn about the past. To me, when I read a newspaper from a different time, it is as if I just picked up the newspaper from this morning, and what I am reading about is happening right now. It’s a unique opportunity to read the opinions of young people — specifically Northern’s students — during the different major events in the past like World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, or the AIDS epidemic. While it is easy to pretend I am learning about the events for the first time while reading the articles it is also cool to analyze and compare the past to the present.
One example in comparing the past to the present is looking at humor. I took a picture of a joke section from a newspaper from 1919, and I can admit that none of the jokes made any sense to me, but it was cool to think that in 100 years from now some student archivist will be reading about the different memes and jokes we make currently. I hope you all have a great week!
Feel free to come in and visit the Archives for you research needs or for a quiet place to study (M,W,F: 10am-5pm, T,Th: 10am-7pm). (This post was written by Kyleigh Sapp).