RPI Student Newspapers

About this collection
Student-run newspapers at Virginia Commonwealth University have existed for over 80 years. While many are familiar with the Commonwealth Times, which began publishing in the fall of 1969, it was preceded on the Monroe Park Campus by two earlier student newspapers.

The Atlas was the first published student newspaper on the Monroe Park campus. It ran from 1929 until 1939, when the school was known as the Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, a Division of the College of William and Mary. In 1939, the school continued its affiliation with the College of William and Mary but it became known as the Richmond Professional Institute (RPI). That same year the Atlas received a new name, the Proscript. It published under that title for 30 years. Soon after VCU was formed in 1968 from the merger of RPI and MCV, the Proscript became the Commonwealth Times. On the Medical College of Virginia campus the student newspaper was the Skull and Bones which ran from the 1930s until the 1950s.

During 2009-2013, bound issues of both of these early newspapers were digitized and indexed. This digital collection is comprised of 75 issues of the Atlas and 662 issues of the Proscript. Original issues are housed in James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives. The Commonwealth Times is already available as a VCU Libraries Digital Collection.

Two RPI alum who served as staff members to the Proscript are worth noting. Humorous editorial cartoons in the Proscript in the early 1950s were provided by Carl “Chick” E. Larsen (1923-1991), a 1954 graduate of RPI. Larsen would go on to become an editorial cartoonist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1968 to 1977. Tom Robbins (1936-), author of eight novels including Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, served as editor of the Proscript during the Fall semester of the 1958-1959 school year. He also wrote a column called “Robbins' Nest” which ran four times in 1958. The following Spring 1959 semester he wrote a column called “Walks on the Wild Side” which ran twelve times. These columns contained early elements of Robbins’ irreverent writing style.

Access to the Atlas and the Proscript provides interested researchers with nearly 40 years of the early history of the school. Hundreds of news and feature articles and other facets of the newspapers, along with thousands of images, illustrate the history of the school. The dramatic growth of the college is documented, as are school events, sports, campus life, and other aspects of VCU’s past.

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atlas (1929-12)
Ray! Rah! Juniors -- What is "Atlas"? -- Voices From the Student Body -- The Atlas Store, Issued by: College of William and Mary, Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, 1929-1931 ; by Richmond Division, College of William and Mary 1931-1938 ; by Richmond Professional Institute, College of William and Mary, 1938-1939., Vol. 1 (1929)-v.10, no.11 (May 17, 1939)
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atlas (1930-02)
A Message From the President of the Alumnae Association -- Welcome From Student Body -- Victory at Last -- Who's to Be Elected? -- Seniors Entertain -- Valentine Plays, Issued by: College of William and Mary, Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, 1929-1931 ; by Richmond Division, College of William and Mary 1931-1938 ; by Richmond Professional Institute, College of William and Mary, 1938-1939., Vol. 1 (1929)-v.10, no.11 (May 17, 1939)
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atlas (1930-05)
A Gift to the School -- In Appreciation of Miss Townley -- The Third Annual May-Day, Issued by: College of William and Mary, Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, 1929-1931 ; by Richmond Division, College of William and Mary 1931-1938 ; by Richmond Professional Institute, College of William and Mary, 1938-1939., Vol. 1 (1929)-v.10, no.11 (May 17, 1939)
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atlas (1931-03)
Varsity Basketball Season at an End -- Who's Who? -- Sophomore Entertain -- Wigwam Bridge Party, Issued by: College of William and Mary, Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, 1929-1931 ; by Richmond Division, College of William and Mary 1931-1938 ; by Richmond Professional Institute, College of William and Mary, 1938-1939., Vol. 1 (1929)-v.10, no.11 (May 17, 1939)
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atlas (1931-11)
Students Sell Tickets -- Coming Events -- Atlas Club Opens Store -- Glee Club in Program -- New Instructors Added -- Ye Holy-Dae -- New Manager Named, Issued by: College of William and Mary, Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, 1929-1931 ; by Richmond Division, College of William and Mary 1931-1938 ; by Richmond Professional Institute, College of William and Mary, 1938-1939., Vol. 1 (1929)-v.10, no.11 (May 17, 1939)
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atlas (1931-12)
Glee Club Presents Carol Service -- Christmas Greetings from the Dean -- Student Government Entertains at Xmas Dance -- Faculty Plays Seniors Today -- Children's Theatre Makes Season's Debut -- Atlas Club Elects New Member -- Third Art Exhibit Opens -- Coming Events, Issued by: College of William and Mary, Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, 1929-1931 ; by Richmond Division, College of William and Mary 1931-1938 ; by Richmond Professional Institute, College of William and Mary, 1938-1939., Vol. 1 (1929)-v.10, no.11 (May 17, 1939)
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atlas (1932-03)
Norma Overstreet Stars in "Enter Madame" -- Who's Who in Atlas Club Contest -- Children's Theatre Progresses -- Dean Landrum to Speak At Literary Opening -- Philosophy -- Mary Bliley Is Interviewed -- Recital of Voice and Piano Pupils -- Coming Events -- Member of Towneley Literary Society "On the Air", Issued by: College of William and Mary, Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, 1929-1931 ; by Richmond Division, College of William and Mary 1931-1938 ; by Richmond Professional Institute, College of William and Mary, 1938-1939., Vol. 1 (1929)-v.10, no.11 (May 17, 1939)
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atlas (1932-04)
Dancing Classes Give Exhibition -- Student Government Officers -- Children Give Another Program -- Glee Club Program -- William and Mary Players in Three One-Act Plays -- Basketball Banquet -- The Freshman Dance -- April Fool -- Theresa Pollack Honored -- Coming Events, Issued by: College of William and Mary, Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, 1929-1931 ; by Richmond Division, College of William and Mary 1931-1938 ; by Richmond Professional Institute, College of William and Mary, 1938-1939., Vol. 1 (1929)-v.10, no.11 (May 17, 1939)
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atlas (1932-11)
The Business School Makes Its Entrance -- Glee Club Organizes -- The Children's Theatre -- Student Government Dance -- Nicholas R. Brewer Exhibits in Anderson Gallery -- Art Student's League -- Towneley Literary Society -- Piano and Voice Interested Audience -- Freshmen Elect Officers, Issued by: College of William and Mary, Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, 1929-1931 ; by Richmond Division, College of William and Mary 1931-1938 ; by Richmond Professional Institute, College of William and Mary, 1938-1939., Vol. 1 (1929)-v.10, no.11 (May 17, 1939)
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atlas (1932-12)
Carol Service to be Given by the Glee Club -- Christmas Greetings From the Faculty -- Art Student's League Sponsors Bridge Parties -- Miss Pollak Invited to Exhibit in New York -- Glee Club Holds First Concert of The Year -- Government Class Holds Elections -- Society Celebrates Centennial -- Freshman is Winner of Beauty Contest -- Research Class Does Work for the Government -- Coming Events, Issued by: College of William and Mary, Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, 1929-1931 ; by Richmond Division, College of William and Mary 1931-1938 ; by Richmond Professional Institute, College of William and Mary, 1938-1939., Vol. 1 (1929)-v.10, no.11 (May 17, 1939)
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atlas (1933-02)
Exhibition in the A. A. Anderson Art Gallery -- A Tribute to Miss Townley -- Operetta on Glee Club Calendar -- Art Student's League Visits Virginia House -- The Children's Theatre -- Coming Events -- Wigwam, Issued by: College of William and Mary, Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, 1929-1931 ; by Richmond Division, College of William and Mary 1931-1938 ; by Richmond Professional Institute, College of William and Mary, 1938-1939., Vol. 1 (1929)-v.10, no.11 (May 17, 1939)
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atlas (1933-03)
Operetta Proclaimed a Success -- Degree Offered to Students of the Art Department -- The Art Students League Exhibit Their Work -- Arthur B. Davies Memorial Exhibit -- Notice -- Rector of Grace and Holy Trinity Church Speaks in Chapel -- Coming Events -- Support the Wigwam, Issued by: College of William and Mary, Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, 1929-1931 ; by Richmond Division, College of William and Mary 1931-1938 ; by Richmond Professional Institute, College of William and Mary, 1938-1939., Vol. 1 (1929)-v.10, no.11 (May 17, 1939)

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