UND’s North Dakota Quarterly releases online issue archive

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During UND’s Homecoming, alumni, students, faculty and administrators take time to celebrate the past and future of the University of North Dakota.

UND’s North Dakota Quarterly (NDQ) is joining this celebration by releasing more than 100 years of back issues to the public for free.

"It gives me a great deal of pleasure to finally see the many wonderful volumes of North Dakota Quarterly made available digitally and more easily accessible by a wider audience,” managing editor of NDQ Kate Sweney said. “I have so many favorite articles, poems and stories in these issues and it’s tremendously exciting to open up the Quarterly's past to a wider audience."

The Quarterly, a literary journal, is among the oldest academic traditions at the university, and the release of digitalized back issues is part of a renaissance at the journal centered on an active editorial board, a vibrant new design and a dynamic web presence. By releasing these back issues, the Quarterly makes a world of content that could only be read at libraries available to anyone with an internet connection.

"We are proud to be part of public humanities at UND, in North Dakota, and in spaces beyond,” editor of the Quarterly Sharon Carson said. “We are delighted to make an archive of such remarkable writing from NDQ's past available to new audiences, and at no cost."

The Quarterly has long stood as a proving ground for writers across the country and world as well as across campus. The diversity of the Quarterly has long set it apart from the crowded field of literary journals. Sepia toned prairie reveries shared pages with scientific writing, political commentary, history, literature and poetry.

“(The) NDQ is not a stodgy old academic journal,” said Bill Caraher, who managed the release of NDQ's digital archive. “The back issues reveal the tremendous vitality of the publication as a place for thoughtful comment on the history of the state, the university and the world. This represents an important resource for teachers, faculty across the country and mindful readers everywhere."

The Quarterly explores topics as wide as the prairie horizon with thousands of contributions touching on issue as diverse as how best to care for state's natural resources, the political and social culture of the region, American Indian history and literature, the history of the university, its faculty and administrators, and the various ways that the world intersects with life in North Dakota.

The back volumes of the Quarterly were digitized as part of the larger Google Book project and are made available through an agreement between the university and the HathiTrust which maintains parts of the Google Books archive. The back issues can be accessed on the North Dakota Quarterly website and can be downloaded and shared under open access license.