The Argonaut

The Argonaut is the award winning student newspaper produced by the University of Idaho Student Media in the Department of Student Involvement. Continuously in print since 1898, it was historically published twice a week during the academic year and distributed across campus and throughout Moscow, Idaho and Pullman, Washington. The Argonaut continues to publish a print edition once a week, as well as an online edition.

The pages of The Argonaut are a treasure trove of university happenings, opinions and local advertisements, offering a fascinating glimpse into the details of the past century of campus life. The Argonaut Student Newspaper digital collection complements the Gem of the Mountain Yearbook Collection, Campus Photograph Collection, and University of Idaho Historical Photograph Collection to illustrate the rich history of University of Idaho.

historic image of Argonaut staff from 1903

"At a meeting of the student body in the school year of '98-'99, it was decided to publish a college paper... The new paper was christened "The Argonaut, the Searcher of the Golden Fleece." (Gem of the Mountains 1903, p.127)

The Collection

This digital collection provides access to nearly 6,000 issues of the Argonaut from 1898 to 2010 in PDF format. The files were created by digitizing the microfilm copies held by University of Idaho Library. The PDFs have transcripts produced by Optical Character Recognition, allowing the full text to be searched. Additional metadata was provided by a partial index originally created to provide access to the physical collections.

More recent issues of the Argonaut are available on Issuu or the current ARG website.

"Student media serves as a focal point for student life among UI Students. We provide important forums for the exchange of ideas and opinions, information about events and news of general interest about the campus, region, nation and the world."(Gem of the Mountains 2004, p.199)


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