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The Bison FAQ

Who created the Bison Index?

Ms. Winnie Bell, Brackett Library's Director from 1975-1990, spent many of her retirement years compiling the data to create this index.

Why does the index stop in 2004?

In 2004, the newspaper began its online presence.  We had hoped that the index and the digital site could be merged but this has not yet been possible.  As time allows, library staff plans to add the more recent years.  

How can I get a hard copy of an article?

After you have conducted a search, some of the article titles will show up as a link.  If you click on the link, the full Adobe PDF version of the newspaper will download.  Most browsers will even open to the page in which the article appears.  

Many of The Bison issues have already been digitized by the library but there are still many years worth of issues left to scan.  Until this project is completed, please contact the library Information Desk by calling 501-279-4775 or submitting the Ask A Librarian form online.  We will be more than happy to help you obtain a copy of the article.

Can I just look at a particular issue of The Bison?

Yes. There are tabs just above the search box that represent different decades. Just click on a decade and a list of years will display. Then click on a year and the issues from that year will display. If a particular issue, year or decade is not present in this list, then those have not yet been digitized. Thank you for being patient with us as we scan and process all 89 years of The Bison. We have 80 years scanned so we are almost there!

Why are all the titles not hyperlinked?

We are currently working to digitize all the issues of The Bison. So far, only 80 of the 89 years have been scanned.

What years of the newspaper have been scanned?

As of April 2014, the following issues have been scanned: October 1929 - May 2008.  There are unfortunately some gaps in our collection from the early issues. 

If I wanted to find more recent articles from The Bison, where should I look?

The Link website, maintained by the Department of Communications, contains articles written for recent issues of The Bison.

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