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The Journal first appeared on campus on October 25, 1873 as the Queen's College Journal, a fortnightly magazine whose objective was to "foster a literary taste among students" as well as function as a forum for the discussion of university affairs between members of the university, both in Kingston and alumni located elsewhere.

It published a great deal of verse in its early years, and its prevailing tone was earnest and evangelical: typical articles were "Longevity and Work," "What is Preaching?" and "The Formation of Habits." There were also numerous verbatim reports of sermons and speeches. By the mid-1880s, however, debates on purely college issues and columns of college jokes were finding a home in the Journal’s pages. This caused serious deliberation about the nature of the Journal as subscribers who had financially supported it in its infancy, and were no longer on campus, wanted the focus of the newspaper to be broad and not campus-centric. With a growing student body however, that was capable of financially supporting the paper, the needs of the alumni were relegated to the backburner and the familiar news, sports, and entertainment sections emerged.

During the golden years of Queen's football in the 1920s, when the team won three straight Grey Cups, the paper predominantly turned its focus to sports and other sections were relegated to the inside pages.

The Queen's Journal existed in roughly the same format from the 1930s until 2013, publishing two issues every week during the academic year, with a few issues being produced in the summer months. There were a few departures from this format.

In the mid-1980s, the paper introduced computers for writing and layout and in 2013, changes were made to adapt to the digital delivery of content. The 40 issue production schedule was adapted to accommodate for the release of one digital issue and one print issue per week. In 2015 the Journal dissolved the twice-weekly publication of issues, opting instead to release digital content throughout the week in addition to one weekly print issue. The Journal is partly funded by the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University but run by an independent editorial board.

The digitized versions of the Journal are stored on the Internet Archive and QSpace. The links below will take you to either of these locations.


Vol. 1: 1873-1874 Vol. 36: 1908-1909 Vol. 70: 1943-1944
Vol. 2: 1874-1875 Vol. 37: 1909-1910 Vol. 71: 1944-1945
Vol. 3: 1875-1876 Vol. 38: 1910-1911 Vol. 72: 1945-1946
Vol. 4: 1876-1877 Vol. 38b: 1911-1912 Vol. 73: Summer 1946
Vol. 5: 1877-1878 Vol. 39: 1912-1913 Vol. 74: 1946-1947
Vol. 6: 1878-1879 Vol. 40: 1913-1914 Vol. 75: 1947-1948
Vol. 7: 1879-1880 Vol. 41: 1914-1915 Vol. 76: 1948-1949
Vol. 8: 1880-1881 Vol. 42: 1915-1916 Vol. 77: 1949-1950
Vol. 9: 1881-1882 Vol. 43: 1916-1917 Vol. 78: 1950-1951
Vol. 10: 1882-1883 Vol. 44: 1917-1918 Vol. 79: 1951-1952
Vol. 11: 1883-1884 Vol. 45: 1918-1919 Vol. 80: 1952-1953
Vol. 12: 1884-1885 Vol. 46: 1919-1920 Vol. 81: 1953-1954
Vol. 13: 1885-1886 Vol. 47: 1920-1921 Vol. 82: 1954-1955
Vol. 14: 1886-1887 Vol. 48: 1921-1922 Vol. 83: 1955-1956
Vol. 15: 1887-1888 Vol. 49: 1922-1923 Vol. 84: 1956-1957
Vol. 16: 1888-1889 Vol. 50: 1923-1924 Vol. 85: 1957-1958
Vol. 17: 1889-1890 Vol. 51: 1924-1925 Vol. 86: 1958-1959
Vol. 18: 1890-1891 Vol. 52: 1925-1926 Vol. 87: 1959-1960
Vol. 19: 1891-1892 Vol. 53: 1926-1927 Vol. 88: 1960-1961
Vol. 20: 1892-1893 Vol. 54: 1927-1928 Vol. 89: 1961-1962
Vol. 21: 1893-1894 Vol. 55: 1928-1929 Vol. 90: 1962-1963
Vol. 22: 1894-1895 Vol. 56: 1929-1930 Vol. 91: 1963-1964
Vol. 23: 1895-1896 Vol. 57: 1930-1931 Vol. 92: 1964-1965
Vol. 24: 1896-1897 Vol. 58: 1931-1932 Vol. 93: 1965-1966
Vol. 25: 1897-1898 Vol. 59: 1932-1933 Vol. 94: 1966-1967
Vol. 26: 1898-1899 Vol. 60: 1933-1934 Vol. 95: 1967-1968
Vol. 27: 1899-1900 Vol. 61: 1934-1935 Vol. 96: 1968-1969
Vol. 28: 1900-1901 Vol. 62: 1935-1936 Vol. 97: 1969-1970
Vol. 29: 1901-1902 Vol. 63: 1936-1937 Vol. 98: 1970-1971
Vol. 30: 1902-1903 Vol. 64: 1937-1938 Vol. 99: 1971-1972
Vol. 31: 1903-1904 Vol. 65: 1938-1939 Vol. 100: 1972-1973
Vol. 32: 1904-1905 Vol. 66: 1939-1940 Vol. 101: 1973-1974
Vol. 33: 1905-1906 Vol. 67: 1940-1941  
Vol. 34: 1906-1907 Vol. 68: 1941-1942  
Vol. 35: 1907-1908 Vol. 69: 1942-1943