The Ursinus College Bulletin was the primary news outlet for the College, published and distributed to subscribers from 1885 until 1902, when the Ursinus Weekly newspaper took over that function. It appeared approximately once a month during the school term. Coverage includes campus and alumni news, official statements, speeches of invited speakers and students, book reviews, and general higher education and Reformed Church news both regionally and around the world. In its later years, it also published literary contributions in the form of short stories and poetry. Advertisements of local interest are also found in its pages. Initially written and edited by alumni, undergraduate students assumed these roles beginning in 1893. A valuable resource for higher education and religious history, as well as literary criticism, all issues are now available to download and browse in Digital Commons.
Some notable issues include:
- The May 1888 Ursinus College Bulletin notes the official adoption of black, old-gold and red as the college colors and prints “Queen of the Valley,” a song written by Minerva Weinberger.
- The October 1890 Ursinus College Bulletin is a memorial tribute to John Henry Augustus Bomberger, the first President of Ursinus College. It details funeral services and prints letters of condolence, sermons, addresses, press notices and a biographical sketch.
- The April 1891 Ursinus College Bulletin features an essay about the early life of Zacharias Ursinus written by Reverend James I. Good entitled “Ursinus as a Student.”
- The May 1893 Ursinus College Bulletin is a memorial issue dedicated to Ursinus College benefactor Robert Patterson of Philadelphia.
- The April 1896 Ursinus College Bulletin is a memorial issue dedicated to Ursinus College professor Samuel Vernon Ruby. It features personal tributes, sermons and a biography of Ruby - and publishes his poem, “Spring, a Pennsylvania Idyl.”
- The January 1898 Ursinus College Bulletin is a special memorial issue dedicated to Reverend Henry W. Super, former President and professor of mathematics, physics and astronomy at Ursinus College.
- The October 1898 Ursinus College Bulletin features an article entitled “History of Freeland Seminary.”