University of Scranton Newspaper Clippings Collection Guide

University of Scranton Newspaper Clippings

Collection Guide


News stories relating to the University of Scranton campus community, clipped from local newspapers and other sources. Digitized items in this collection are viewable only by on-campus users.
Subset of University of Scranton Archives
Date Range
1888 - Present

Access and Use

Digital Access

Nearly all materials in this collection have been digitized. Processing of digital images is ongoing, but the majority of digitized clippings have been published online. However, due to copyright restrictions, access to the digital collection has been restricted to on-campus users only (via IP address).

Physical Access

Due to the fragility and poor condition of many of the clippings, the Newspaper Clipping Scrapbooks (described below as Series I) were destroyed following digitization. Only a small number of significant items were removed from the scrapbooks for physical preservation. Please contact University Archives staff for details.


Many of the clippings in this collection likely fall under copyright ownership of newspaper publishers or authors. They are made available to on-campus researchers to support research, scholarship, education, and private study under an assertion of fair use (17 U.S.C. 107). The University of Scranton respects the intellectual property rights of others and does not claim any copyright interest in these materials. It is your responsibility to determine the ownership and status of copyright in any materials you may wish to use beyond fair use, and obtain the permission of the copyright owner, if needed. Individuals or organizations holding additional information about the copyright status of items in this collection are invited to contact the University Archives staff at

Preferred Citation

[Item Title], [Publication], [Date], University of Scranton Newspaper Clippings, The University of Scranton Archives. [Reference URL]

Linked Data



Series I. Newspaper Clipping Scrapbooks - Oversized

This series includes 95 oversized scrapbooks, all of which have been digitized. Processing and publication of digitized images is currently in progress. Scrapbook titles will be linked to digitized articles as they are published. Note that due to copyright, access is restricted to on-campus users.

Digital Accruals

Digitized additions to the collection include:

  • Early articles (1894-1902) reproduced from digitized images in the Library of Congress Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers collection
  • Clippings digitized from the University of Scranton Public Relations Office Subject and Biographical Files
  • Clippings digitized from other University of Scranton Archives materials

Acquisition Information

Clippings in this collection come from a variety of sources. The vast majority are from the Newspaper Clipping Scrapbooks (described above as Series I), a set of 95 oversized scrapbooks dated from the 1890s - 1980s which were accessioned from various University departments. Other clippings come from the Office of Public Relations Subject and Biographical Files and alumni donations. Early clippings (1894-1902) were reproduced from digitized newspapers in the Library of Congress Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers collection.

Processing Notes


Newspaper Clipping Scrapbooks (Series I) were digitized in 2012-2013. Digitization was outsourced to Kirtas Technologies and Integrity Resources and Imaging Services, LLC (IRIS). Digitized images were captured in TIFF format at 300 dpi, 24-bit color, using an i2s Digibook Scanner. Master TIFF images represent an entire scrapbook page. In the case of folded or overlapping articles, multiple TIFF images were generated for a single scrapbook page to capture each view. Master TIFF page images have not been published to the web but are available to researchers upon request.

Staff and student workers from the Weinberg Memorial Library processed the page images into individual articles, which where then published via CONTENTdm to the web as JPEG images. In cases where a single article had multiple pieces or parts, they have been combined into a single article JPEG image, even if the pieces were originally on different scrapbook pages.

Some categories of content were not cropped out and processed as individual articles. These articles are excluded from the digital collection but remain available on the master TIFF page images, which can be provided to researchers upon request. Such content includes:

  • Duplicate copies of a single clipping (only the best quality copy of the article was selected and processed for the digital collection)
  • Articles unrelated to the University of Scranton (for example, a scan might have captured an irrelevant article on the back of a relevant clipping)
  • Articles with minimal relevance to the University of Scranton (such as national athletics scoresheets, articles about opposing athletic teams with no mention of the University's team, Scranton Preparatory School athletics, announcements of a high school student's acceptance to the University among other colleges, etc)
  • Brief calendar-style announcements for events (such as athletics games, art exhibits, workshops, etc) that were described or covered in more comprehensive articles
  • Brief announcements about individual students making the Dean's List
  • Extremely damaged articles with little readable text

The file naming schema deployed documents the scrapbook and page image of each article, as follows:

  • univscrapbook-b### = scrapbook identifier
  • univscrapbook-b###_####.tif = master page image TIFF
  • univscrapbook-b###_####a.jpg = first individual clipping from a page image

Searchable text was generated via automated optical character recognition (OCR). In some cases, glue stains, tears, or other damage to the original clipping resulted in obscured text and poor OCR.


Article descriptions were generated by staff members from various Weinberg Memorial Library departments. While most scrapbooks included date and publication information, not all clippings had complete citation information. Article descriptions include all information that was available. For a small minority of articles, written citations in a scrapbook were determined to be inaccurate. (For example, articles published in early January were sometimes marked with the previous year's date.) For undated articles, in some cases dates have been estimated by Library staff based on the content of the article and the context of its position in the scrapbook.