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University History


Brief History of the Star

The student newspaper began in 1911 as the Normal Star. The Special Collections and Archives holds an incomplete collection of the Normal Star; all issues we do have are now digitized.

When the Southwest Texas State Normal School changed its name to the Southwest Texas State Normal College in 1923, the name of the student newspaper changed to the College Star

Finally, when the college became Southwest Texas State University in 1969, the name of the newspaper changed to the University Star.

A list of all of Texas State's names is available on the History and Traditions page.

Seeking Funding to Digitize the Star

While the Special Collections and Archives has been able to take advantage of micro grants to fund digitization of the early years of the Star, we still have many years that need to be digitized. If you or someone you know would be interested in funding digitization, let us know!  We are still seeking grant funding, but would also be happy to work with other campus departments for crowdfunding and finding donors to help with the cost.

Digital Issues of the Star

All other years of the College Star and University Star (1934-2003) are available on microfilm.