The Daily Princetonian, published at Princeton University, is placing its pages online, from its creation in 1876 through 2002. Part of the Larry DuPraz Digital Archives, the new collection will contain a free, searchable online version of every past issue of the "Prince," accessible at http://theprince.princeton.edu.
The project has two aims: to make the issues more readily available as well as to preserve the crumbling originals. According to an article in the June 1st edition of The Daily Princetonian, "For years, the frailty of the hardbound volumes of the ‘Prince’ in the basement of Mudd Library has limited the paper's usefulness as a resource for large research projects. The glue binding the volumes has dissolved, while the paper rips upon turning due to old age and poor quality, a product of economic constraints faced by ‘Prince’ managing boards at the time. Before the creation of the archives, the only way to retrieve past issues of the ‘Prince’ had been to tediously scroll through microfilm."
The ‘Prince’ Board of Trustees has named the Digital Archives in honor of Larry DuPraz, who served as the production manager for the Prince from 1946 until his retirement in 1987. The new digital archives continue the legacy of DuPraz, who enthusiastically kept up with the latest technologies in journalism. He started at the old Princeton Packet as a linotype operator and used molten lead for printing, but in his later years he quickly converted to the computer age.
You can read more in The Daily Princetonian at http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2012/06/01/31010/.
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