The Harvard Crimson Daily Newspaper: The More Things Change…
As an undergraduate at Harvard, I was proud to work for The Harvard Crimson, probably the best college daily on the planet. I witnessed some monumental changes, like the addition of colour, and have noticed similar advances since graduating, like the tremendous expansion of on-line, audiovisual, and social media content. Now, as a doctoral student in history, I find it amusing when my subjects mention The Crimson in their letters. This one letter, written by Alain LeRoy Locke ‘1907 to his mother on June 2, 1906, really captures how though some things have changed (the building, and everything mentioned above) but some things have really stayed the same.
The Crimson editors have just had a beer night and ten to one there will be no college paper tomorrow. They are outside the window (their office is in the Union) all so drunk that they wouldn’t know a paper from a printing press. Perhaps they have had sense enough to get the copy read before they started drinking. – Alain LeRoy Locke, Harvard sophomore, June 2, 1906