Western Front Collection debut at Back 2 Bellingham

Posted on: Friday, June 8, 2012 - 4:32pm

The WWU Student Newspaper Collection project was the subject of a presentation by Marian Alexander at Back 2 Bellingham, May 19, in Wilson Library.

Marian revealed the inside story of getting the student newspaper, from the 1899 Normal Messenger to the current Western Front, into a digital format and making it available on the Internet.

"The student newspaper has long been one of Special Collections' most requested, most used, most popular resources," Marian told the members of Western alumni who attended the event.

Marian Alexander

Marian Alexander

After the presentation, Special Collections staff helped visitors search the Western Front using laptops on tables.

Tamara Belts, Sandy Celec, Lesley Lowery, and Peter Smith were all on hand to help alumni read historical issues of the student newspaper. 

Bob Speed, a photographer and writer for the Western Front, found articles he had written while a student at Western.

Visitors took away chocolate bars with the Western Front masthead on the label and the Internet address for the Special Collections home page: library.wwu.edu/specialcollections.

Sandy and Bob

Bob Speed and Sandy Celec