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The century in photographs

Dartmouth Alumni Magazine centennial issue shows a changing campus

Dartmouth Alumni Magazine (DAM) celebrates its 100th year of publication with its November/December 2005 issue. The special anniversary issue features a photographic chronicle spanning the 100 years since the magazine began publishing in 1905.

Dartmouth Alumni Magazine cover

 "The power of the photos lies in their illustration of Dartmouth's breadth and depth over the past century," said Editor Sean Plottner. "We hope this is the beginning of another 100 years for the magazine and its readers." Culled from DAM's pages and the College's library archives, the photographs record a wide variety of events, illustrating the academic, cultural, social and sporting lives of a century's worth of students.

"Generations of alumni have relied on Dartmouth Alumni Magazine as a way of staying in touch with their college. This alumni engagement in the life of the College is critically important to the future of Dartmouth," said President James Wright.

A pioneer among college and university alumni magazines, DAM was founded in 1905 at a time when the idea of a college maintaining close ties with its graduates was not a priority. But then-President William Jewett Tucker foresaw the advantages of strong alumni relations and appointed his secretary, Ernest Martin Hopkins - a member of the class of 1901 who later became the College's longest serving president - to create and edit the magazine. Hopkins developed an editorial mix that has stood the test of time: college news, opinion, sports and, most important, class notes written by some seventy class secretaries. Reader surveys over the years have documented the strong appeal of class notes.

Tucker and Hopkins also recognized from the beginning that a key to maintaining the interest of alumni would be to ensure the independence of the magazine's editorial content. Nationwide, it is one of the few college and university publications to maintain this independent status.

Today, the DAM boasts 50,000 readers, most of whom are undergraduate alumni. To obtain a copy of the anniversary issue or to subscribe, contact Margo Nutt at 646-2256.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08