September 16th, 1880 – The Battle of the Cornell Papers


September 16th, 1880 saw the first edition of the United States’s oldest, continuously-independent college daily newspaper, The Cornell Daily Sun.

1929 Cornell Sun-2

The Cornell Sun was founded in 1880 by William Ballard Hoyt to challenge Cornell’s original and leading publication, the weekly Cornell Era (founded 1868). The Era shortly became a literary journal, and was eventually consigned to oblivion. The Sun boasted in its opening paragraph: “We have no indulgence to ask, no favors to beg.” The paper incorporated and changed to daily frequency, earning its longstanding boast “Ithaca’s Only Morning Newspaper.” In 1912 it added a second, “first collegiate member of the Associated Press.” Throughout its history, the publication has faced competition from The Cornell Review and the Ithaca Journal in the market for Cornell news and analysis. 


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