Museum: The College Message


The College Message (Literary Journal)


Summary & Interpretive:

The College Message was a literary journal that began in August of 1885, created by the young ladies attending what was then Greensboro Female College. The College Message was a means by which these women could express themselves. The journals contain editorials, articles, alumnae news, short stories, poems, book reviews, and even jokes. They focused not only on details of everyday life, campus events and local events, but also on the news and issues of the time period. The College Message helped enhance literary skills and voiced the interests and opinions on a variety of matters including politics, women’s rights, and women’s education. The young ladies pushed for more rights and privileges on campus and within society in general through the journal.

From the material within the journals, it is readily apparent that these women were intelligent, thoughtful, and well skilled in analytical thinking and debate. In the article “What Woman Can Do,” (Volume 1, Number 2), author E. N. E. says that “in the past a woman was only expected to have a smattering of knowledge, a superficial veneer to assist her in household accounts, and in teaching the rudiments to small children.” However, she later comments that “the sphere of woman is without limit if she wishes to leave the shelter of home, where she is queen and all powerful, and her sex may glory in the fact that when she enters new and untried fields she quickly makes a name and position for herself which none dare challenge.” This article is just one of many that shows the skills of the young women who attributed to the College Messages.

Status: Non-Circulating

Notes:
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The College Message Cover
Vol. 1, No. 3 – October 1885 (~ 33% original size)

Finding Aid
In order to help find articles that may be of use to you, a Finding Aid has been constructed. The Finding Aid consists of the Table of Contents for each College Message that is available online.

Special recognition and thanks go to Susan Harris and Tyrelle Lee,
the interns (both Greensboro College students) who are responsible for the
digitization of all the College Messages available below.

Issues:

Access to issues of The College Message is available through the Museum. The Museum has in its collection the following issues of The College Message :

1885: Vol. 1 – No. 3, 9 1913: Vol. 22 – No. 2
1886: Vol. 2 – No. 1, 2, 3, 4 1914: Vol. 22 – No. 3, 4, 5, 6 | Vol. 23 – No. 1, 2
1887: Vol. 2 – No. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 | Vol. 3 – No. 1, 2, 3, 4 1915: Vol. 23 – No. 3, 4, 5 | Vol. 24 – No. 1, 2
1888: Vol. 3 – No. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 | Vol. 4 – No. 1, 2, 3 1916: Vol. 24 – No. 3, 4, 5 | Vol. 25 – No. 1, 2
1889: Vol. 4 – No. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 1917: Vol. 25 – No. 3, 4, 5 | Vol. 26 – No. 1, 2
1890-1894: Break in publication. 1918: Vol. 26 – No. 3, 4, 5, 6 | Vol. 27 – No. 1
1895: Vol. 5 – No. 6, 7 1919: Vol. 27 – No. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 | Vol. 28 – No. 1, 2
1896: Vol. 6 – No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 1920: Vol. 28 – No. 3, 4, 5, 6 | Vol. 29 – No. 1
1897: Vol. 7 – No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 | Vol. 8 – No. 1, 2, 3, 4 1921: Vol. 29 – No. 2, 3, 4, 5 | Vol. 30 – No. 1
1898: Vol. 8 – No. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 | Vol. 9 – No. 3 1922: Vol. 30 – No. 2, 3, 4 | Vol. 31 – No. 1, 2
1899-1901: Break in publication. 1923: Vol. 31 – No. 3, 4 | Vol. 32 – No. 1, 2
1902: Vol. 10 – No. 1, 2, 3, 4 | Vol. 11 – No. 1, 2 1924: Vol. 32 – No. 3, 4 | Vol. 33 – No. 1, 2
1903: Vol. 11 – No. 3, 4, 5 | Vol. 12 – No. 1, 2 1925: Vol. 33 – No. 4, 5, 6 | Vol. 34 – No. 1, 2, 3
1904: Vol. 12 – No. 3 | Vol. 13 – No. 1 1926: Vol. 34 – No. 4, 6 | Vol. 35 – No. 2
1905: Vol. 13 – No. 3, 4, 5 | Vol. 14 – No. 1 1927: Vol. 35 – No. 4, 5, 6, 7 | Vol. 36 – No. 1, 2
1906: Vol. 14 – No. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 | Vol. 15 – No. 1, 2 1928: Vol. 36 – No. 3 | Vol. 37 – No. 1, 2, 3
1907: Vol. 15 – No. 3, 4 | Vol. 16 – No. 1, 2 1929: Vol. 37 – No. 4, 5, 6, 7 | Vol. 38 – No. 2
1908: Vol. 17 – No. 1 1930: Vol. 38 – No. 4, 5 | Vol. 39 – No. 1, 2, 3
1909: Vol. 17 – No. 5 | Vol. 18 – No. 1 1931: Vol. 39 – No. 4, 5, 6 | Vol. 40 – No. 1, 2
1910: Vol. 18 – No. 5, 6 | Vol. 19 – No. 1, 2 1932: Vol. 40 – No. 3
1911: Vol. 19 – No. 3, 4, 5, 6
End of publication.
1912: –

Technical Notes:
The issues listed above are in the form of PDF files. However, they are not keyword searchable. In order to view the following document, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your PC. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, click here to download it from Adobe.

Depending on individual monitor sizes and resolutions, it may be necessary to use the “zoom” tool in Adobe Acrobat Reader to achieve the cleanest text and easiest to read text.

Technical Specs:
Master images saved as uncompressed TIFF files in true color (due to the amount of sepia toning) at 300 dpi. – unaltered image size. Access images (PDF Files) created using Adobe Acrobat 6.0: image – exact, grayscale at document size, JPEG compression – medium quality.