Archival editions of WLHS student newspaper online
Seven years' worth of archives of West Linn High School's student newspaper, The Amplifier, are now a few clicks away — and that's just the beginning.
The West Linn Historical Society partnered with high school students and the University of Oregon in July 2017 to begin the process of digitizing The Amplifier's archives as part of the nationwide Digital Newspaper Project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Earlier this month, Historical Society Vice President Danny Schreiber appeared before the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board to announce that the first phase of the project was complete, and 600 pages of the newspaper from the years 2006-2011, as well as 1983, are now fully digitized, searchable and printable through the University of Oregon Libraries website.
The Historical Society raised $600 from the community to fund the first phase of the project, and there's still plenty of work to be done, according to Schreiber. The Historical Society and its student partners have uncovered more archival Amplifier issues, some dating as far back as 1924, but they're still looking to complete the collection — or come close — and obtain more funding for digitization.
"The time frame depends on a number of factors — when we can track down missing papers and when we can obtain funding to pay for digitization," Schreiber said. "It's our goal to get as much of it as we can before (the paper) deteriorates. At this point we're looking for anyone who has old copies. ... We're hoping a (former) student journalist may have saved copies, or old faculty or staff may have archives.
"But it's hard to tell because we don't even know what we're missing — how many copies they did in a (given) year," he added.
For Schreiber, the project is about preserving student voices and images as a "snapshot of an era."
"It's always fun to look at the pictures — the fashion changes over the years," Schreiber said. "It's pretty decent snapshots of teen life in different decades, different era."
Search for old editions of The Amplifier at oregonnews.uoregon.edu/.