Louis Round Wilson was a busy man.
He collected his first of three UNC degrees in the last year of the 19th century, then turned a boyhood passion for reading into building Carolina’s book collection. In 1922, he began making books as the founder of UNC Press. But 10 years earlier, the man who’d spent a bit of his youth as a printer’s apprentice put ink on paper in a different medium.
He started a magazine — the one you know as the Carolina Alumni Review.
As the Review staff began working on the magazine’s centennial a few years ago, we started reading, back to the first issues in 1912, and taking notes. We collected stories, found photographs, stumbled across things we’d never noticed before. Sometimes what we uncovered looked quirky from a 21st-century perspective. More often, we found the familiar: The Review always has been about a place and about people. Its readers cross a dozen decades, like time zones, and are remarkably diverse, but the one thing they have in common is Chapel Hill. And it shows in these pages, all the way back to 1912.
The digital archive, made possible in part by the generous donations of members of the Centennial Club, offers it all, including the University Report (1970-94), where Class Notes appeared during those years. The most recent five years of issues remain restricted to GAA members; all earlier years are available to anyone who’s interested. When you want to know something of the history of Carolina, or just the flavor or just how something was dealt with at the time, take a look. You might find it there.