Commonwealth Times

About this collection
The Commonwealth Times is the student newspaper of Virginia Commonwealth University. This archive covers 1969 to 2011. See the current issue at commonwealthtimes.org.

For over forty years, the Commonwealth Times has served as the student newspaper of Virginia Commonwealth University, documenting the history and culture of VCU and Richmond. This digital collection includes over 1,760 issues of the Commonwealth Times, spanning the years from 1969 through 2011.

The Commonwealth Times, often referred to as the CT, began publishing in September 1969, at the peak of the political and social turmoil of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The changing cultural attitudes of those times were reflected in the newspaper and over the decades the CT has continued to try to capture the events and essence of the university. As the student body of VCU expanded over the years, the turnover of new editors and writers increased. This brought about fluctuations in the scope of news coverage and the type of feature articles published from year to year. The CT continues to publish in print but is also available online.

The CT has generally come out twice weekly, with a few exceptions (occasionally coming out as little as once a week or as much as three times a week). While students from numerous majors have worked for the CT, the majority of writers and editors have come from VCU's School of Mass Communications, which offers classes in newspaper and broadcast reporting. For many years, the School provided a faculty advisor to the newspaper, but its editors have always exerted editorial control over its content. The CT's masthead currently states that it is "the independent student press of VCU."

The Commonwealth Times is the successor to the Proscript, the student newspaper of Richmond Professional Institute (RPI), published from 1939 until May of 1969 (the Proscript replaced the Atlas, which ran from 1929 through 1939). After VCU was created with the 1968 merger of RPI with the Medical College of Virginia, it was only a matter of time before the student newspaper's name and mission would change. Beginning in 1968, the Proscript began to include news from the medical campus (the Skull and Bones, the student newspaper at MCV, ran from the 1930s until the 1950s).

Each issue up to the summer of 2004 has been scanned in its entirety from original print copies in the collection at James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives. Starting with September 2004, we are presenting digital archive PDFs received directly from the Commonwealth Times. The complete text of every issue is fully searchable. A text search can also be narrowed to only search front page headlines. For each issue, there is a link to a full PDF of the entire issue. This site will be updated twice a year after the end of the fall and spring semesters, with all issues from that previous semester.

This digital collection represents more than 96% of all the known issues. The issues listed on the right were published, to the best of our knowledge, but are not included in this collection. If you have a copy of any of these issues that you would be willing to donate or share for scanning, please contact James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives.

Missing issues
If you have a copy of any of these issues, please contact James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives.

1970s
April 18, 1974 (Vol. 5, no. 21)
Oct. 17, 1975 (Vol. 7, no. 6)
Feb. 20, 1976 (Vol. 7, no. 18)

1980s
Oct. 26, 1982 (Vol. 14, no. 8)
March 22, 1983 (Vol. 14, no. 20)
Oct. 8, 1985 (Vol. 18, no. 5)
Oct. 7, 1986 (Vol. 19, no. 3)
Dec. ?, 1986 (Vol. 19, no. 10)
Jan. 27, 1987 (Vol. 19, no. 12)
Jan. 25, 1988 (Vol. 20, no. 16)
Oct. 4, 1988 (Vol. 20, no. 7)

1990s
Sept. 16, 1993 (Vol. 25, no. 6)
Sept. 30, 1993 (Vol. 25, no. 10)
April 8, 1994 (Vol. 25, no. 49)
Sept. 16, 1994 (Vol. 26, no. 9)
Jan. 23, 1995? (Vol. 26, no. 42)
April 21, 1995? (Vol. 26, no. 72)
Oct. 25, 1995 (Vol. 27, no. 24)
April 15, 1996 (Vol. 27, no. 66)
April 26, 1996 (Vol. 27, no. 71)
Feb. 26, 1997 (Vol. 28, no. 57 )
March 24, 1997 (Vol. 28, no. 63 )
Sept. 1, 1997? (Vol. 29, no. 2)
Nov. 7, 1997 (Vol. 29, no. 29)
Dec. 1 or 3, 1997 (Vol. 29, no. 35)
Dec. 8, 1997? (Vol. 29, no. 37)
Feb. 19, 1998 (Vol. 30, no. 48)
March?, 1998 (Vol. 30, no. 51)
May?, 1998 (Vol. 30, no. 64)
Sept.?, 1998 (Vol. 30. no. 65)
Jan. 18, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 1)
Feb. 25, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 12)
March 4, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 14)
March 8?, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 15)
March 11?, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 16)
April 8, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 20)
April 19, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 23)
Sept.?, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 27)
Sept. 23, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 31)
Oct. 4, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 34)
Oct. 21, 1999 (Vol. 31, no. 38)

2000s
March 23, 2000 (Vol. 32, no. 15)
April 24, 2000 (Vol. 32, no. 24)
Sept. 9, 2002 (Vol. 37, no. 4)
Sept. 16, 2002 (Vol. 37, no. 6)
Oct. 3, 2002 (Vol. 37, no. 11)
Oct. 31, 2002 (Vol. 37, no. 20)
Nov. 18, 2002 (Vol. 37, no. 26)
Feb. 3?, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 7)
Feb. 6?, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 8)
Feb. 13, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 10)
Feb. 17, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 11)
March 17?, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 16)
April 17, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 25)
April 21, 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 26)
April ?. 2003 (Vol. 38, no. 27)
Aug. 28, 2003? (Vol. 39, no. 3)
Nov. 6, 2003 (Vol. 39, no. 19)
Feb. 5, 2004 (Vol. 40, no. 4)
April 19, 2004 (Vol. 40, no. 20)

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