The very first student newspaper on the University of Puget Sound campus was called Ye Recorde. It was started in 1895, not long after Puget Sound University, as the school was then known, was founded in 1888 and had enrolled its first class of 88 students in 1890. In 1903 the newspaper’s named was changed to The Maroon, and seven years later it was changed to The Trail, which endures today.

The Trail is an independent, student-run newspaper funded by the Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound. The Trail staff produce a weekly newspaper with comprehensive information relevant to students, thereby creating an archival record for the university. The newspaper serves as a link between Puget Sound and the greater Tacoma community, and provides an open forum for student opinion and discourse.

Physical copies of the issues represented in this digital collection are available in the University Archives. Contact for more information.

The most recent content fromThe Trail can be found on their website.

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Collins Memorial Library strives to make our digital collections available and useful to our faculty, staff, students, alumni, researchers, and the general public. Through our website, the Library offers public access to a wide range of information, including historical materials that may contain offensive language or negative stereotypes. Such materials should be viewed in the time period in which they were produced. The University of Puget Sound does not endorse the views expressed in such materials, but believes in providing access to as complete a historical record as possible. If you have questions or need further assistance, please email


Browse The Puget Sound Trail Collections:

The Trail, 1890s (published as Ye Recorde)

The Trail, 1900s (published as Ye Recorde and the Maroon)

The Trail, 1910s

The Trail, 1920s

The Trail, 1930s

The Trail, 1940s

The Trail, 1950s

The Trail, 1960s

The Trail, 1970s

The Trail, 1980s

The Trail, 1990s

The Trail, 2000s

The Trail, 2010s

The Trail, 2020s