The Michigan Daily’s Digital Memory
Donor support opens The Michigan Daily archives to audiences everywhere
Since its first issue hit the press on September 29, 1890, The Michigan Daily has been delivering news to students, faculty, alumni, and the greater Michigan community. From bobbed-haired flappers to Bo Schembechler, U-M’s student-run newspaper has compiled an enormous record of Michigan culture in its nearly 130-year history.
Considering digital technology developed only recently, many of these cherished stories have been limited to hard-copy access, significantly limiting access and appreciation for this rich archive of U-M’s past. During the Victors for Michigan campaign, The Kemp Family Foundation removed this limitation. In collaboration with the University of Michigan Library, the Bentley Historical Library, and The Michigan Daily, the foundation funded The Michigan Daily Digitization Project. The project has made over 200,000 editions of the Daily from 1890–2014 available in a digital archive with searchable access—with more volumes to be added in the future.
The Kemp Family Foundation was established by U-M alumnus John Kemp (AB ’60, JD ’63). With U-M alumni spanning four generations, the Kemps have seen their fair share of Michigan history. Their support for the digitization project opens new avenues into researching and appreciating every storied volume of that history, offering insight into where U-M has been and where it may be headed next.