Eastern Echo Administrative records

Summary Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives
Allseitz, Judith
Black, Jean
Booth, J. David
Campbell, John
Carrington, Tom
Erickson, Carl, Dr.
Mueller, Twyla
Rahm, Helen C.
Rosenthal, David
Sosinski, William
Sparkes, Adam
Walsh, Martha
Eastern Echo Administrative records
Date [inclusive]
0.8 Linear feet 1 archive box, 2 objects.
Language of Materials note
All records are in English unless otherwise noted.
Records of the Eastern Echo student newspaper, formerly the Normal News and the Normal College News. The collection (1881-2010) includes business records, staff lists, financial documents, news clippings related to the Echo, awards, correspondence, programs from newspaper events, publicity and advertising materials.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Administrative History

The Normal News began in 1881, before becoming the Eastern Echo in 1956. It is an independent student paper, meaning that it is funded through advertising revenue and the university exercises no editorial control over the paper. The Eastern Echo has won numerous awards from the Associated Collegiate Press and the Michigan Collegiate Press Association.

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Scope and Contents

The collection covers the business, organizational, and financial activities of the Normal News beginning in 1881, and after 1956 continues to document the activities of the Eastern Echo. Financial records are particularly well-represented in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as by a bound cash book from the period 1881-1893. Another bound book documents the Proceedings of the Normal News Committee from 1937 to 1954. News clippings highlighting notable events in the newspaper's history date from 1940 to 2011. Two copies of the magazine "The 'U' and You" from 1974 and 1975 are also included. Correspondence relates particularly to soliciting book reviews in the 1980s, but there are also a few other letters in the collection from earlier dates. A small paperback style guide from 1928 is included, as well as two other sets of guidelines for staff from the 1930s and 1940s. There are also programs from the annual oratorical contest sponsored by the paper, dating from 1890, 1891, and 1895, as well as programs from the Student Media banquet from 1991, 1999, 2001, and 2002.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 May 16

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197

Revision Description

 Addition of objects 2017 October 4

Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Related materials include the Eastern Echo Photo Negative collection held by the University Archives, and microfilmed run of the newspaper from 1881 onwards, available in the Halle Library.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Eastern Echo
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Journalism
  • Michigan State Normal College
  • Michigan State Normal School
  • Normal News
  • Student newspapers and periodicals
  • Student publications

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Collection Inventory

Business Files 1928-2004 

Box Folder

Style Guides and Reporting 1928-1947 

1 1

Staff Lists 1940-2004 

1 2

Proceedings of Normal News Committee 1937-1954 

1 3

Student Media Business Plan 2000-2001 

1 4

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Financial Records 1881-1971 

Box Folder

Normal News Cash Book and Memoranda 1881-1893 

1 5

Budgets and Financial Statements 1936-1948 

1 6-8

Advertising Rates 1990-2007 

1 9

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Publicity and Outreach 1887-2010 

Box Folder

Press Clippings 1940-2011 

1 10-11

Website Printouts 2001-2004 

1 12

Editorials and Historical Sketch 1887-1930 

1 13

The 'U' and You 1974-1975 

1 14

Advertisement on McDonald's Sign 

1 15

Programs 1890-2002 

1 16

Awards 1979-2004 

1 17

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Correspondence and Drafts 1937-1994 

Box Folder

Letters 1937-1994 

1 18

Book reviews 1983-1985 

1 19

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Memorabilia   0.4 Linear feet


Green Eastern Echo mug No Date 


White Eastern Echo mug No Date 


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