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About this collection
The Commonwealth Times, often referred to as the CT, is the independent student newspaper of Virginia Commonwealth University. This archive begins with the first issue, published in 1969. See the current issue at commonwealthtimes.org. The Commonwealth Times is the successor to the Proscript, the student newspaper of Richmond Professional Institute (RPI), published from 1939 until May of 1969 (the Proscript replaced the The Atlas, which ran from 1929 through 1939). After VCU was created with the 1968 merger of RPI with the Medical College of Virginia, it was only a matter of time before the student newspaper's name and mission would change. Beginning in 1968, the Proscript began to include news from the medical campus (the Skull and Bones, the student newspaper at MCV, ran from the 1930s until the 1950s).
Each issue up to the summer of 2004 was scanned in its entirety from original print copies in the collection at James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives. Starting with September 2004, we present digital archive PDFs received directly from the Commonwealth Times. The complete text of every issue is fully searchable.
This digital collection represents more than 96% of all the known issues. If you have a copy of an issue not presented here that you would be willing to donate or share for scanning, please contact James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives.
This material is protected by copyright, and copyright is held by VCU. You are permitted to use this material in any way that is permitted by copyright. In addition, this material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/). Acknowledgment of Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries as a source is required.
VCU Libraries digitized the print originals for this collection in 2009-2010. Jennifer Cason supervised student employees, digitization, and quality control. Student employees Kaitlin Foray and Kelly Crone assisted with digitization. Metadata Librarian Mary Anne Dyer created the metadata for the entire collection.