Monthly Archives: May 2016

Memorial Day Poetry Contest

In the 1930s, American University ran a Memorial Day poetry contest to honor the “American men who were killed or disabled during the World War.” The organizing committee requested that all submissions be “free from all propaganda, either militaristic or pacifistic.” Students submitted their poems under a pen name and the winner won a $10 gold coin. The prize was a gift of Mary Meares Galt, an Assistant Professor of French, who served in France during World War I and lost a cousin in the conflict. A panel of three judges reviewed the submissions. The panel included a member of the faculty, a student and a journalist at least one of whom served in the war.


Here is a list of the winners and the titles of the prize winning poems:


John Lee Coulter Jr.

John Lee Coulter Jr.

Natalie Haines

Natalie Haines

Improvements to Eagle digital archive

American University Archives recently launched a new interface for the digital archive of The Eagle. We hope you will find the search interface more intuitive. You should get your results faster and it will be easier to scroll through them.


Search results


Advanced search options are readily available including analytics that show the distribution of your search results by date of publication.


Search Analytics


From the browse page, you can read an issue like a traditional newspaper. You can easily zoom in on an individual article, navigate around the page, or scroll through the entire issue.


Browse View


The new interface makes saving and sharing articles easier with print, email, social media, link and my collection buttons. You can download entire issues from the browse screen.


Issue View


We will be adding a new batch of content 2009-2015 later this summer. We will make an another announcement when that content is live.