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The Arrowhead, Student Life Records

Title: The Arrowhead, Student Life Records

Creator: University of Nebraska

Dates: 1899-1902

Quantity: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 38-01-03

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: The Arrowhead, Student Life Records (RG 38-01-06). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


The first edition of The Arrowhead was published in December 1899 and came out monthly until 1902. The editorial in this first volume stated that its purpose was "to cheer you in your weary way." The Arrowhead included poetry, columns, editorials and opinions, and a wealth of drawings, cartoons, and caricatures. Contributions were solicited from readers and students but all remained unsigned. Editors explained the publication included local, state, and national items rather than being confined to university news. All notices for any types of meetings on campus were forbidden from publication. The publication supported itself through advertisements, many of which also had a comedic slant. The publication was printed by The Students' Co-operative Book Co.

In the first volumes, J.F. Boomer, R.C. Roper, and A.H. Knutson were listed as editors and proprietors, and H.R. Johnson was listed as managing editor and art editor. Later volumes include the names of students who served in positions such as business manager, managing editor, and designing editor. Student work on The Arrowhead assisted in future careers, as was the case for H.R. Johnson, who became a syndicated cartoonist and published his work in the Philadelphia North American and The Saturday Evening Post. A poem authored by John G. Neihardt can be found in the March 13, 1901 edition.

Scope and Content:

The collection is an almost complete set of the Arrowhead, with sets of volume 1 and 2 bound together. Volume 3 is also bound together. The Arrowhead is an excellent source for information on student humor, current events on campus, selected student opinions, and for information on the university administration, faculty and students. The advertisements illustrate the type of businesses that catered to students and the type of services students sought, such as laundry services, photographic services, rooming houses, and restaurants.


University of Nebraska--Lincoln -- Periodicals

Students -- Nebraska -- Periodicals

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. The Arrowhead, v. 1, no. 1-v. 1, no. 14, 1899, Dec.-1900, Nov. Box 1. Folder 2. The Arrowhead, v. 1, no. 1-v. 11, no. 26, 1899, Dec.-1900, Nov. Box 1. Folder 3. The Arrowhead, v. 1, no. 1-v. 11, no. 21, 1899, Dec.-1901, May Box 1. Folder 4. The Arrowhead, v. 3, no. 1-2, 1901, Dec.-1902, Jan. Box 1. Folder 5. The Arrowhead, misc. duplicate volumes
Related Material and Resources: Additional student publications are may be found within Record Group 38.

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