The earliest Indiana State student publications began with the Normal Advance in 1895. The Advance operated as a monthly magazine with articles by the students and faculty on a variety of subjects including academic essays, poetry, event announcements, campus gossip, and sports scores. The final issue of each academic year was dedicated to the graduating students of Indiana State and the issue printed photographs of many of the graduating students, faculty, and student organizations of the past year.
By February 1915, increased demand led the Normal Advance to increase publication to that of a weekly newspaper. At the same time, a separate staff was dedicated to the production of an annual yearbook, still called the Normal Advance at the time. The yearbook would continue to be known as the Normal Advance until being renamed the Sycamore in 1924 while the newspaper would also change its name in 1929 to The Indiana Statesman.
The Sycamore yearbook continued publication until 1993 when it was discontinued due to declining interest and increasing publication costs.
Scans include each page of the monthly journal and the graduation special issue from 1895 through February 1915. Thereafter, only scans of the annual yearbooks are provided.
The links from 1896-1915 are dated from the graduation issue in the spring, but include the issues for the whole academic year, i.e. 1899 includes the issues from fall of 1898 through the graduation issue of 1899.
The above links will direct the user to the University Archives partner, Wabash Valley Visions & Voices.
Copyright restrictions may apply.
Requests for high resolution copies for publication must be approved by the University Archivist.