Torch Index Available for Research

Torch002 smallSince 1997 the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections staff have been gradually compiling a key word index to the UMD student newspaper, the Torch, and other university publications.  The publication years covered by the index are 1965 to the present.  The effort began with Pat Sikora in 1997 and has continued with the help of student workers over the years.   For many years the index was only available for consultation in the Archives as a searchable Word file.  It has been used frequently by Archives staff to answer a variety of UMD history questions posed by patrons.

We are pleased to announce that the index is now accessible through the Archives and Special Collections web page at the following link:

Since this is an index compiled by a number of different individuals, terms are not always controlled,therefore, key word searches should be as broad as possible.  If you locate an article of interest, email the citation to the archives ( and we will send a PDF of the article to you through email; or you can visit the Archives and view the original newspapers yourself.

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