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In 1916, the first issue of the Old Gold and Black was published in Wake County, North Carolina. Over the years some of Wake Forest's most distinguished alumni began their careers writing for the newspaper.

  • W.J. Cash, author of The Mind of the South, served as editor of the newspaper while an undergraduate at Wake Forest.
  • Gerald Johnson, author, columnist and editorial writer for the Baltimore Sun, was on the staff while attending Wake Forest.
  • Al Hunt, the executive Washington editor for the Wall Street Journal, also cut his teeth at the Old Gold and Black.

This site makes available all the archived issues of the Old Gold and Black from the beginning through the year 2000.

Looking for a specific last name within the pages of the Old Gold and Black? Want to find issues related to a certain word or topic throughout the years? The Old Gold and Black issues available in this collection are in the process of becoming keyword searchable. When the project is complete, users will be able to search the collection to identify issues that contain the search terms. View individual issues in order to search for particular terms within the PDF of a particular issue. Keep up with the project’s progress by clicking the button below to view the keyword searchability progress chart. Progress will be updated weekly to reflect years that have been completed and that are currently searchable.

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