January 21, 2022

USC Libraries and USC Alumni Association Collaborate to Digitize All Student Publications

From The Daily Trojan (Student Paper at USC):

The home page to the new Trojan Family Archive, a collaboration between the USC Libraries and Alumni Association to digitize all Daily Trojan and El Rodeo editions online, officially launched today.

Family tree · USC Libraries and the Alumni Association officially launch the Trojan Family Archive online at alumni.usc.edu/archive. Readers can peruse El Rodeos from 1909 to 2005 and Daily Trojan issues from 1916 to 1988. — Screenshot by Rachel Bracker | Daily Trojan

The Daily Trojan, which has been published daily since 1912, currently has 11,978 issues online while El Rodeo, which has been published most years since 1898, has 83 volumes uploaded.


The project was first discussed in 2000, but only gained traction five or six years ago, according to the USC Archivist and Manuscript Librarian Claude Zachary. Zachary said the process of digitization was done off campus with micro-film copies of the Daily Trojan and El Rodeo. This initiative has so far cost around $150,000 and was funded by the USC Libraries and the Alumni Association, Zachary said.

The process of digitization began in 2012, and USC Libraries and the Alumni Association expect the process to be fully completed in the next month. Some of these texts are already freely available on the USC Libraries site.

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