Red and Blue online

Red and Blue Online

Issues of Red and Blue, the student newspaper from Alliance High School are now available online! Rodman Public Library collected donated copies over the years and gathered them up this past year to create an online archive of them. The project is supported in part by an award from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration.

Book Eye scanner
Book Eye scanner

Rodman Public Library purchased a Book Eye large format scanner in late 2014 to be used for this project and to scan other large items that wouldn’t fit on the library’s letter-sized scanners. The newspaper is placed face-up on the scanner bed and then “photographed” from an overhead camera. A preview of the scan is viewable on a screen attached to the scanner or on a computer screen so that adjustments can be made prior to the scanning.

In all, 209 issues ranging from the 1920s through the 1960s were scanned in the library and then sent to Ohio History Connection for loading onto Ohio Memory. When the images were loaded into Ohio Memory the text of every page was digitized using OCR (optical character recognition). This allows every word on every page to be searched. We are fortunate to have the services of Ohio History Connection available to us for this important preservation work.

Because the newspapers have been digitized, they can now be stored in archival boxes to prevent further deterioration from the elements and physical handling. If you attended Alliance High School, try searching for your name and see what you find. If you have issues that are not included in the online collection, consider donating them to the library so that we may make our collection more complete.

Red and Blue Quarterly

The Red and Blue

The Red and Blue will be familiar to anyone who has attended Alliance High School. The Red and Blue began as a monthly literary magazine publication of Alliance High School in the fall of 1921. The October 16, 1925 edition (vol. VI, no. 1) states that the publication was changing its format to a bi-weekly newspaper and would no longer be supported by advertisements but by student subscriptions.

“Radical changes … may [disappoint you] when you first see this newspaper because of its small-page size. There’s a reason – to be small is to create no disturbance in study halls…. Your paper is reading matter, from beginning to end, while those from other schools are literally crammed with advertising.”

The title Red and Blue was also used as the whole or partial title to several years of the yearbook, The Chronicle, as well. A spin-off newspaper was published quarterly in addition to the regular newspaper in the 1960s titled Quarterly Review.

Issues of The Red and Blue owned by Rodman Library are currently being digitized and will be added to for future access. Please contact the library if you have any issues from the newspaper that you would like to donate so we can fill in our gaps.