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The inaugural edition of The Cupola proudly touted itself as "[b]eing the first literary production of the students of North Park College." Containing essays, poems, songs, artwork, photographs, and more, The Cupola is wholly a production of the students of North Park University.
The name Cupola derives from the iconic cupola adorning the crown of Old Main, the first building of North Park College erected in 1891. A cupola—a belfry or vault resting atop a roof—can offer not only ventilation, but light to guide.
The Cupola started publication in 1916 and, with a few exceptions, has been published annually ever since. Until 1959, it combined the classes of the College and the high school Academy into one volume. Each Cupola seeks to distill its academic school year—not only formally, listing staff, faculty, sports teams and student organizations; but informally, attempting to capture the essence of college life. The Cupola, much like our North Park Press collection, traces the contours of North Park history through the eyes of its students.
This collection has been created from historical documents and may contain opinions, language, or images that the modern reader may find offensive. The archives presents these documents as part of the historical record and does not endorse the attitudes expressed therein.
The Cupola is being digitized in celebration of North Park University's 125th anniversary in 2016. This collection currently makes available an incomplete run of The Cupola; additional volumes will be added as time and resources allow. The F.M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections contains all volumes of The Cupola and are available to interested parties. Please contact archives staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 244-6224 for more information, or if you wish to make an appointment to visit or research.
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