Montreat Student Newspapers Now Online

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Front cover of The Aletheia, February 3, 1978. Photo by Bruce Parrish.

We have worked with Montreat College to digitize 529 issues of their student newspaper, now available at DigitalNC. The newspapers here range from 1937-2016, starting with The Dialette (in 1937) and ending with The Whetstone (the newspaper’s current name).

Montreat College, a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, was founded in 1916 in Montreat, N.C., in the Blue Ridge Mountains. From 1959-1995, it was known as Montreat-Anderson College. Today, along with the 43-acre main campus in Montreat, the college has an 89-acre campus in Black Mountain as well as campuses in Asheville, Black Mountain, and Charlotte, N.C.

The student newspapers on DigitalNC trace the development of Montreat from its beginnings as a women’s college for teacher training; to the admission of their first male students in 1958; and through the subsequent growth of the college. The issues offer a glimpse of campus life, discussions about the integration of faith and the college experience, and various musical and arts events taking place in the area, such as a visit from Christian rap group D.C. Talk in January 1990.

Find out more about Montreat College at their website or their contributor page; or see our previous blog posts about Montreat College yearbooks and May Day celebrations. You can also search the North Carolina Newspapers Collection to find newspapers from other N.C. schools and towns.

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