University of Scranton Aquinas Collection Guide

University of Scranton Aquinas

Collection Guide


Print, digitized, and born digital issues of the Aquinas, a news periodical published by students of the University of Scranton and its predecessor, St. Thomas College.
Subset of University of Scranton Archives
Aquinas staff
Students of the University of Scranton and St. Thomas College
Date Range
1916 - 2017
1,500+ issues

Access and Use

Digital Access

All of the issues in the collection are either digitized or born digital and are publicly accessible online.

Physical Access

Printed issues from 1916-2017 may be viewed by appointment in the Reading Room of the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections.

Microfilmed issues from October 16, 1931 to May 10, 2007 may be viewed using the Weinberg Memorial Library's microfilm machines.


Materials in this collection generally fall under the copyright of the University of Scranton. These materials are publicly available for personal, educational use. Please contact the University Archives staff for permission for other uses.

Issues dated prior to 1923 are believed to be in the public domain and may be used without restriction.

Preferred Citation

[Article Title], Aquinas, [Date of Issue], The University of Scranton Archives. [Reference URL for digital materials]

Linked Data


Administrative/Biographical History

See History of the Aquinas.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is composed of a nearly full run of the print and digital editions of the Aquinas. A small number of issues may be missing. Issues were intermittent during the late 1910s and early 1920s, and issues were not published in the spring of 1944, during the 1944-1945 academic year, or in the fall of 1971. All print issues in the collection have been digitized.

System of Arrangement

Most editions are designated with a volume and issue number; however, numbering was not always consistent.

Digital Accruals

Issues dated 2008 - 2010 were submitted to the University Archives by the staff of the Aquinas as born digital documents in PDF format.

Issues dated Fall 2010 - Spring 2013 were downloaded as born digital PDFs by the University Archives from an Issuu account ( set up by staff of the Aquinas, which is no longer in active use.

Issues of the Aquinas dated Fall 2013 - Spring 2017 were submitted by the Aquinas editors to the University Archives as born digital PDF files.

The University Archives also captures and preserves the Aquinas website as part of the University of Scranton Web Archives collection. The current website ( has been captured weekly since October 2013. A prior version of the website ( was crawled quarterly between September 2012 and March 2013. Early captures of the website (at are available though incomplete.

Acquisition Information

Most issues were submitted to the University Archives by the editors of the Aquinas. A small number of issues were borrowed for digitization from the Aquinas office back files (2014) as well as the La Salle University Archives (2009).

Processing Notes


The Aquinas was the University Archives' first major digitization project.

In 2003-2004, issues dated 1931 through 2003 were digitized by OCLC Preservation Services in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Digital images were captured from 35 mm microfilm in TIFF format at 300 dpi in bitonal (black and white) color, resulting in readable text but poorer quality images. In 2005, they were published in a digital collection on the Olive platform.

Microfilmed issues dated 2004 through Spring 2007 were digitized and added to the Olive collection in 2007. This Olive collection was migrated into the current CONTENTdm platform in 2011.

In 2009, the University Archives borrowed five issues dated 1925-1926 from La Salle University for digitization. Digital images were captured in TIFF format at 300 dpi in 24-bit color.

In 2012, issues dated 1916-1931 and Fall 2007 were digitized in-house from the originals. Digital images were captured in TIFF format at 400 dpi in 24-bit color. Subsequently, other loose issues - including newly accessioned issues from the 1940s as well as a handful of issues from the 1980s-1990s that were missing from the microfilm reels - have been digitized in-house in the same fashion to complete the collection.

In all cases, master digital images were captured in TIFF format, with derivative PDFs created for user access. Searchable text was generated via automated optical character recognition (OCR).

Publication and Description

Early digitized PDFs (issues dated 1931-2007) were uploaded to CONTENTdm as compound object PDFs. More recent born digital and digitized issues have been uploaded as single item PDF documents to streamline description and access.

Subject terms and other descriptive metadata were applied at the issue level (as opposed to page level).


Metadata from this collection is exposed via Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Known, active harvests include: