Since almost the time of first arrival of students at Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1867, the college's students have
taken an active role in publishing items for their own consumption. Beginning with the appearance of the first yearbook,
put together by the pioneer class during their junior year in 1870 and followed by publication of the first, short-lived newspaper,
The College Monthly in 1887, students have been responsible for dozens of publications from literature to humor to a range of politically- and
This series consists of the collected student publications from Massachusetts Agricultural College (1867-1931), Massachusetts State College (1931-1947), and the University of Massachusetts (1947-2007), including student newspapers, magazines, newsletters, inserts, yearbooks, and songbooks. Publications range from official publications emanating from the student body to unofficial works by student interest groups or academic departments. Links to digitized versions of the periodicals are supplied when available.
The collection is open for research.
Since almost the time of first arrival of students at Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1867, the college's students have taken an active role in publishing items for their own consumption. Beginning with the appearance of the first yearbook, put together by the pioneer class during their junior year in 1870 and followed by publication of the first, short-lived newspaper, The College Monthly in 1887, students have been responsible for dozens of publications from literature to humor to a range of politically- and socially-oriented periodicals.
Record Group 45/00 represents the collected publications of students and student groups beginning with the first student yearbook in 1869. The publications include a nearly complete run of student newspapers and yearbooks, literary magazines, humor magazines, and other topical serial publications. Links to digitized versions of the periodicals are supplied when available.
A short-lived humor magazine, published by students of Massachusetts Agricultural College.
Yahoo, a collegiate humor magazine, was first published in 1954 by students at University of Massachusetts Amherst "to satirize college life in general and to expose the humorous institutions of the University in particular." The magazine also provided a forum for student expression and opinion on broader contemporary issues. Yahoo earned the description "ill-fated" in 1966, when it finally became too outrageous for its time. Following a verbal barrage by Senator John Harrington (D-Lowell) who was displeased by cartoons, the university administration cut Student Senate funds from Yahoo in 1966. Following the suspension, an "unmentionable" campus humor magazine was published in 1968, under the titles "Magazine" and "NO". In the spring of 1969, Yahoo returned to campus when the Trustees approved the re-use of the name Yahoo for the "unnamed" campus humor magazine. The last issues of Yahoo were published in 1973.
Magazines contain feature articles, short stories, editorials, poems, cartoons, sketches, photographs, and advertising. Organization records include constitutions, board and committee files, correspondence, and newsclippings.
Issues contain a blend of original student (and some faculty) prose, poetry, short stories and artwork. Notable contributors included Robert L. Levey (class of 1960), Beverly (Buffy) Sainte-Marie (class of 1962), Paul E. Theroux (class of 1963) and faculty member, Jules Chametzky (see FS 1). Included in the collection are some clippings pertaining to the history of Caesura. Caesura was also published under previous titles:
The Collegian Quarterly first appeared 1937 and 1938 in newspaper format as a literary supplement to The Massachusetts Collegian to "offer the [Massachusetts State College] student an outlet for the expression of his Ideas and Experience." Under the guidance of the Academic Activities Board, the Collegian Quarterly Board (consisting of the Editor, Associate Editor and Assistant Editor) and staff edited and published four issues each academic year. Starting in the autumn of 1938, the Collegian Quarterly was printed in a smaller booklet format, although the 1944 issue was printed in newspaper format. The name changed in 1946 to Quarterly and in 1958 to The Literary Magazine. The Literary Magazine was succeeded by Caesura in 1962.
Issues contain student prose and poetry, photographs, and sketches, as well as advertisements. Included in the collection is one small folder containing memoranda, news clippings and a 1981 note from Dr. Max Goldberg detailing some historical information on the Collegian Quarterly.
A publication of the "Black Literary Experience," written and edited by students at UMass Amherst between 1969 and 1988.
First published in 1890 as a semi-monthly student newspaper of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, Aggie Life's mission was to record all matters of general interest concerning the College, students and alumni, and to provide a forum for student writing. Prior to 1890, weekly college news appeared in a column of the local town newspaper, The Amherst Record. In 1901, after the students voted to discontinue using the term Aggie to identify student publications, Aggie Life was renamed the College Signal.
Newspaper contains campus and alumni news, feature stories, student editorials and literary works, photographs, advertisements and sports information. Also included in this collection are Aggie Life and College Signal secretary's book (1893-1905), Aggie Life Banquet materials (1891), and unbound issues of Aggie Life (1900-1901).
NB: Continued by College Signal.
Capital advice * A voyage to the Bahamas (H.T.F.) * Editorial * Local items * A midnight tragedy * New York letter (Uncle Ben)
College sports * Crabs * Editorial * The class of eighty-seven * Commemorative exercises * Local items * Siftings * Commencement exercises
New York letter; Siftings
Letter from Germany (H. J. Wheeler)
Man and his shoes (poem)
Agriculture of Japan (Y. Mishima) * Local items * Poem (A Hampshire Country Poet) * College Organizations
A Minute with Abraham Lincoln (C. G. Morehouse)
The Grange * Local News * College Sports * A Sleeper * The National Grange
The Junior and his sweetheart
M.A.C. * Local news * The spelling class (poem) * Excuses * The Grange
Local news * A chronic liar and a chronic truth-teller (Uncle Ben) * The Grange
Who shall spend the fifteen thousand dollars? (C. S. Walker)
College news * Noon at the college boarding house (poem, with illustration) * Bay State Agricultural Society prizes for essays * The Grange
Stock at the M.A.C. barn
The Grange * Amherst College * M.A.C. news * The office cat (poem) * Stop thief!!!
The Amherst Grange store (E.F.M.)
The Grange * M.A.C. news * Amherst College * To whom it may concern (poem) * The cow
Objects of interest at the Mass. Agricultural College * The Grange * Amherst College * M.A.C. news * The class of eighty-eight * The senior class (poem) * Commencement exercises at M.A.C. * Commencement exercises at Amherst College * Siftings
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, successor to the College Signal, began as a weekly student newspaper in 1914. In 1951 it moved to semi-weekly publication and then to three-times-weekly in 1957. In 1967 it became a daily newspaper, changing its title slightly to the Massachusetts Daily Collegian. From the early 1930s to the late 1940s, Professor Maxwell Goldberg guided the Collegian staff as faculty advisor, however today, the paper operates without a faculty advisor as a financially independent agency funded by advertisement monies.
The nature of the content of the Collegian has changed over the years, particularly since the 1940s when, as a result of campus involvement in World War II and the growth of the university, the newspaper expanded its scope to include information pertaining to broader campus issues and world events, campus news and announcements, world news (primarily since the early 1950s), editorials, columns and opinion pieces, sports news, photographs, and student comics are regular components. Special feature pages were introduced in the late 1970s for Women; World News; Arts and Living; Black Affairs; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Issues; and Jewish Affairs. Other materials in this collection include reports, special and anniversary issues, and articles and news clippings pertaining to the Collegian.
Please note that the title of the Collegian has not been consistently applied. Summer editions of the Collegian were called The Summer Collegian at times, but also went by the name Summer Statesman (1967-1971), The Crier (1972-1973), and The Summer Solstice (1974).
The Collegian has been digitized by academic year, which at different times began in either September or October and ended in May or June. The Collegianalso occasionally published a summer edition or issue.
NB: A continuation of College Signal.
Some issues scanned in reverse order
The Minuteman is an independent student newspaper published by The Silent Majority, a Registered Student Organization of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. First published in the spring of 1986, the newspaper, according to its first editors, "provides a forum for alternative political views seldom expressed in existing campus media."
In 1943 and 1944, the 58th College Training Detachment (Air Crew) of the U.S. Army Air Forces published the newspaper, Take Off. The run of this newspaper is not quite complete and is somewhat irregularly numbered: issues for Mar. 27-April 10, 1943 numbered v.1, no.2-v.1,no.3; issue for April 17, 1943 numbered v.1, no. 5
First published in 1921, Shorthorn was the yearbook of the two-year Stockbridge School of Agriculture of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, Massachusetts State College, and the University of Massachusetts. The name changed to Stosag in 1958.
The Stockbridge School of Agriculture yearbook, previously published as Shorthorn (1921-1957), was renamed Stosag in 1958 on the 40th anniversary of the school's establishment. It ceased publication after the 1995 edition.
A short-lived humor magazine, published by students of Massachusetts Agricultural College.
University Archives, 1871-2011.
Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, February 2013.
Cite as: UMass Student Publications Collection (RG 45/00). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.