Creating Digital Archives at The Daily Orange

Dan Stone ’65

Dan Stone ’65 has fine memories of his time at The Daily Orange. In his column “Millstones and Milestones,” he reflected on campus issues and documented Robert Kennedy’s race for the U.S. Senate in New York. Now, Stone’s work can be found online, thanks to the student newspaper’s digital archiving initiative that he’s helped fund. “I think every school in America would benefit from a day-to-day chronology of what was happening on its campus,” says Stone, a retired communications executive based in Chicago.

Vintage Daily Orange nameplate from the 1960s

For the past couple of years, The Daily Orange (DO) has been digitizing its print archives to make its legacy available to young and old. A small committee of DO alumni and staff coordinates the initiative, trying to raise enough funds to include every single edition from the publication’s more than a century of history. SU Archives has supported the initiative, helping compile print copies of the DO. “The goal is to get every year, every paper, every semester,” says Meghin Delaney ’13, DO alumna. “We’re working on a project that will bring the rich and vibrant history of Syracuse University and The Daily Orange to life.” 

For our staff, it’s important to have a knowledge of how things were reported in the past.

Donors tend to sponsor the years they worked at the paper or attended Syracuse. So far, almost 40 years of archival material have been made available. But the publication’s early years are the hardest to find sponsors for. “Unfortunately, many alumni who worked at the paper at that time are no longer living,” Delaney says.

Casey Fabris ’15, a former DO editor-in-chief, believes the archives are a great resource for both writers and readers. “For our staff, it’s important to have a knowledge of how things were reported in the past,” Fabris says. “It’s also great for readers who are interested in history about how things came together on the campus.”

Vintage nameplate from the cover of the Daily Orange in the 1970s

Although the student newspaper wasn’t independent from the University at the time Stone wrote his column back in the ’60s, he believes the DO’s mission has remained the same. “It’s an ideal training ground for future journalists,” he says. “It gives them a chance to look into issues more in depth and call students’ attention to them.”

For more information on The Daily Orange archives project, call 315-443-2315, or visit dailyorange.com/donate.

Pablo Mayo Cerqueiro

This story was first published on December 14, 2017 and last updated on . It also appeared as “Digitizing History” in the Summer 2014 issue of Syracuse University Magazine.


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