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Hesperian & Daily Nebraskan, Student Publication Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-38-01-02

Scope and Contents

Hesperian, Nebraskan, & Daily Nebraskan, Student Life Records contains the print volumes for the student newspapers the Hesperian Student (1876-1885), Hesperian (1885-1899), The Nebraskan (1892-1897), and the Daily Nebraskan (1904). Also contains photo negatives of Daily Nebraskan staff from 1953-1957.The majority of the copies of the Daily Nebraskan are available on microfilm, with only a few selected copies available in print form.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1993-2001
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1876-1905

Biographical / Historical

The Daily Nebraskan, the independent student newspaper at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), was founded in 1871. Because it is a student newspaper, it uniquely views major events through the lens of university life. Upon its founding, the newspaper now nicknamed "the DN" was first called the Monthly Hesperian Student and published by the Palladian Literary Society, a student group. It ran eight pages with one full page of small, black and white ads in each issue. Its first editor was W. L. Sweet. The staff created six sections: editorial, literary, alumni, athletic, exchange, and local. The paper's earliest content reflected late nineteenth-century concerns with personal conduct; for example, the first issue's front page offered guidance about morality, wise choices, and education's true purpose. From 1885 to 1899, the name Monthly Hesperian Student was shortened to the Hesperian. The Nebraskan began in 1892 under Frank T. "Rag" Riley's leadership. In 1899, the papers formed The Nebraskan-Hesperian and in 1901 the paper was renamed the Daily Nebraskan.


15.00 Boxes

7.5 Linear Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States