About the Duke Chronicle Collection

The Duke Chronicle Digital Collection features a complete set of issues from September 1940 to February 1989, all drawn from the holdings of the Duke University Archives. Issues dating from 1905 to 1939 will be added during 2016 and 2017, resulting in a complete run from 1905 to 1989. The Chronicle’s website has digital content from 1995 to the present.

History of the Chronicle

The Chronicle is Duke's independent, student-run newspaper. Founded December 19, 1905, it was called the Trinity Chronicle, as the school was called Trinity College at the time. It became the Duke Chronicle after the establishment of Duke University in 1924. The Chronicle was first realized as a weekly newspaper, but by the middle of the century had twice evolved into a bi-weekly and then a tri-weekly publication. In 1968, the paper expanded into a weekday daily. Originally run by the Columbian and Hesperian Literary Societies, it was financed through subscription fees. In 1925, a board of governors composed of students, alumni, and faculty, began overseeing the publication. It was then financed by student fees and advertisements. In 1980, the board was reconvened as the Chronicle Board. In 1994, the newspaper incorporated as the Duke Student Publishing Company, run by a 13-member board of former staff members, and is completely independent of the University. In 2013, the Chronicle announced it would reduce its publication schedule to four days a week during the school year.   The materials in this collection are made available for use in research, teaching and private study. Texts and images from this collection may not be used for any commercial purpose without prior permission from Duke University. Although these texts and images are made publicly accessible for the limited uses described above, they are not all in the public domain. Where copyright persists in this material, that right is owned either by Duke University or by the creators of the object or their descendents. When use is made of these texts and images, it is the responsibility of the user to secure any necessary permissions and to observe the stated access policy, the laws of copyright and the educational fair use guidelines.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Duke Chronicle, University Archives, Rubenstein RareBook & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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