Faculty Advisor

Henningsen, Katie

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Summer 2013


The Puget Sound Trail, the student-run newspaper at the University of Puget Sound, has been published under various names and formats since 1895 and is one of the best sources on the history and culture of the University over the years. Many issues of The Trail have fortunately mostly been digitized and are currently housed in Sound Ideas, a digital archive run by the University. While this digitization has made it much more accessible and easy to use, I noticed some major problems that still block full utilization of this great resource, including a lack of an index that would allow finding specific subjects and a confusing search function. To begin remedying these problems, I indexed each issue in the academic years 1963-1964 and 1964-1965 as an example of how the rest of The Trail database can be streamlined to allow for greater use. I also did a small amount of research on how national events were covered in the The Trail during those same years as an example of how the new index can be useful for anyone who might want to do research or even casual browsing. The implementation of this index will allow greater access to and awareness of the value of The Trail and the Archives & Special Collections of the University of Puget Sound.


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