Providence College’s student newspaper, The Cowl, began publication on November 16, 1935. It has been published continuously during each academic year since then, with the exception of the years 1944 and 1945 during the Second World War.
The library’s digitization project began in 2009. Issues from 1935 to 1979 are now available. Each individual issue is fully text-searchable. Work will continue until all archived issues of the Cowl are available for online viewing. Some of the early issues are hilarious, particularly the April Fools’ issues (check out the Dominickettes!)
There is also a lot of interesting history in the old issues. For instance, did you know that PC had a Dalmatian named “Friar of What Ho” as an early mascot?
To find The Cowl archives as well as other digital collection, click on “Special Collections” from the library’s homepage and then “Digital Projects”. You can then scroll down to “The Providence College Cowl”. Here is the link: http://digitalcommons.providence.edu/cowl/