Publications in the Historic Gettysburg College Digital Collection

College Monthly 1877-1893: The Pennsylvania College Monthly began in 1877 with an editorial board comprised of both faculty and students (from campus literary societies). The College Monthly featured articles, essays, and poems of interest to students, faculty, administrators, alumni and the Gettysburg Community.

Spectrum (yearbook):  The Spectrum is the yearbook for Gettysburg College. Early issues beginning with 1892 are available online.  Additional copies including the more recent issues are available in the library’s book collection and in the Special Collections Reading Room.

The Blister 1922-1926: First appearing on the bulletin board of Glatfelter Hall in 1921, The Blister was an “almost daily” student publication providing commentary on campus life at Gettysburg College. Most issues contained an editorial, a cartoon, a poem, and humorous observations on the news of the day.
Cannon Bawl 1924-1927: The Cannon Bawl was a quarterly student humor and arts magazine that debuted at Gettysburg College in November of 1924.

A Salutary Influence: Gettysburg College, 1832-1985: Written by Charles H. Glatfelter, A Salutary Influence was published in 1987 in commemoration of the college’s 150th anniversary. The two volumes go into great depth of the college’s history. Additional copies are available in the library’s book collection, reserves, and in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Alumni Magazine: The Gettysburg College Alumni Magazine was first published in 1930 as The Gettysburg Alumnus. The publication later expanded its focus to include Gettysburg College alumni, parents, and friends.  The online collection features earlier issues of the magazine.  The Class Notes section of each issue is not accessible online but may be viewed, along with the entire series, in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Other Gettysburg College Publications

Gettysburgian: The Gettysburgian is the official newspaper of Gettysburg College. Select copies from the years 1897-2004 are available online.
College Catalog

College Catalog: The College Catalog provides a list of courses for Pennsylvania College (Gettysburg College). The title has varied over the years. Online access is available for 1837-1941. Course catalogs from 1837 to the present are available for use in the Special Collections Reading Room.


List of additional College Publications available for research in
the Special Collections & College Archives Reading Room