The Index is the primary student newspaper at Kalamazoo College. Founded in 1877 as a quarterly publication, early editions centered around student poems, events, and essays discussing history and world politics; a subscription at that time cost 50 cents per annum. In 1878 it began to be published bi-monthly before switching to a monthly schedule by 1885. Finally, in 1916 it was published on a weekly basis. During this time the Index shifted to focusing on local and statewide news much more in addition to increasing its coverage of student life. Since then the topics covered by it have expanded to political debates and commentary about global and social developments.

In recent decades The Index has undergone notable changes. Beginning in 1986 a humor section began to appear at the back of every edition. Originally consisting of student-drawn comics, it was known as the Backpage and has undergone numerous name changes since then, variously being known as the Frontpage, Windex, and now Buzzkill. Additionally, since 2003 it has only been published during the tenth week of each term. The first digital editions were published in 2010, and due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in 2020 paper editions were discontinued for the time being. It also moved to a bi-weekly publication schedule beginning in 2018.

This collection includes digitized versions of the Kalamazoo College student newspaper, The Index, from 1877 to present. Most years come in two types of PDF files: PDF Portfolio and PDF File.

About PDF Portfolios

PDF Portfolios are collections of PDF files. For this collection of student newspapers, we have organized the issues by calendar year. In the PDF Portfolio, each issue for that year is a separate file, all organized into one portfolio. These files are named Index[year].pdf and are labeled "Searchable PDF Portfolio." Once opened, click the toggle sidebar at the top left corner to view a list of available issues.

About PDF Files

This collection includes official academic catalogs from Kalamazoo College. Over the years, the academic catalog has gone by several names (Kalamazoo College Bulletin, Annual Catalogue of Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo College Academic Catalogue, etc.). To make browsing more convenient, here all are titled "Kalamazoo College Academic Catalogue" with the academic year.

We have also included all the issues in a calendar year in one large PDF file. These files are named Index[year]File.pdf and labeled "Searchable PDF (one file)."

Recent Submissions

  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (2019) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2019)
    Four issues from the 2019 Winter Term (Weeks 3, 5, 7, and 9) and two issues from the 2019 Spring Term (Weeks 3 and 7) are included. To obtain permission to reproduce, please contact the Kalamazoo College Archives at ...
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (2016) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2016)
    Twenty-two issues of the student newspaper The Index from the 2016 Winter, Spring, and Fall Quarters are included. To obtain permission to reproduce, please contact the Kalamazoo College Archives at archives@kzoo.edu.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (2017) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2017)
    Eighteen issues of the student newspaper The Index from the 2017 Winter, Spring, and Fall Quarters are included. Only two issues from the Spring Quarter are available (Weeks 3 and 6). To obtain permission to reproduce, ...
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (2018) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2018)
    Eighteen issues of the student newspaper The Index from the 2018 Winter, Spring, and Fall Quarters are included. To obtain permission to reproduce, please contact the Kalamazoo College Archives at archives@kzoo.edu.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (2015) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2015)
    Kalamazoo College student newspaper, The Index, written by the students and published at Kalamazoo College. This item contains 12 issues from Winter and Spring Quarters, dating from January 21, 2015 through May 13, 2015. ...
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (2012) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2012)
    Contains eight issues of The Index from Fall Quarter, 2012. The final issue of the quarter was The Buzzkill publication.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (2013) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2013)
    Includes four issues each from Winter and Spring quarters as well as nine issues of The Index from Fall Quarter, 2013.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (2014) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2014)
    Kalamazoo College student newspaper, The Index, written by the students and published at Kalamazoo College. This item contains 24 issues from January 22, 2014 through November 19, 2014. It includes three issues of Buzz ...
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (2004) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2004)
    Kalamazoo College student newspaper, The Index, written by the students and published at Kalamazoo College. This item contains 23 issues from January 15, 2004 through December 2, 2004.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (2003) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2003)
    Kalamazoo College student newspaper, The Index, written by the students and published at Kalamazoo College. This item contains 25 issues from January 16, 2003 through November 20, 2003.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (2002) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2002)
    Kalamazoo College student newspaper, The Index, written by the students and published at Kalamazoo College. This item contains 25 issues from January 17, 2002 through November 14, 2002.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (2001) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2001)
    Kalamazoo College student newspaper, The Index, written by the students and published at Kalamazoo College. This item contains 24 issues from January 10, 2001 through November 15, 2001.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (2000) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2000)
    Vol. 138 (January 12, 2000-March 1, 2000)
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (1999) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 1999)
    To obtain permission to reproduce, please contact the Kalamazoo College Archives at archives@kzoo.edu.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (1998) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 1998)
    To obtain permission to reproduce, please contact the Kalamazoo College Archives at archives@kzoo.edu.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (1997) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 1997)
    To obtain permission to reproduce, please contact the Kalamazoo College Archives at archives@kzoo.edu.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (1996) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 1996)
    To obtain permission to reproduce, please contact the Kalamazoo College Archives at archives@kzoo.edu.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (1995) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 1995)
    To obtain permission to reproduce, please contact the Kalamazoo College Archives at archives@kzoo.edu.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (1994) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 1994)
    To obtain permission to reproduce, please contact the Kalamazoo College Archives at archives@kzoo.edu.
  • Kalamazoo College Student Newspaper (1993) 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 1993)
    To obtain permission to reproduce, please contact the Kalamazoo College Archives at archives@kzoo.edu.

View more