Cluster Digitization Project

last modified 2018-03-08T09:50:19-04:00

The Mercer Cluster Archive is an online database of Mercer University’s Macon campus newspaper that provides access to 50 years of the publication ranging from 1920 to 1970. Consisting of over 5,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The images were scanned from the microfilm held by the Mercer University Library's Special Collections.

The Mercer Cluster began publication as the university’s longest-running student newspaper in 1920. The paper is named for school founder Jesse Mercer’s hymnal, The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns, and Sacred Poems. Since its inception the newspaper has covered stories and editorials about campus events, sports, sororities and fraternities, local issues, religious affairs, and club activities. The new Mercer Cluster Archive will allow users to explore 20th century student life at Mercer University from the convenience of their computers.

The Mercer Cluster Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, a GALILEO initiative that shares Georgia’s history and culture online. See the NOTE below about how to access this remarkable resource of Mercer history.

Digitization is made possible by the Mercer University Library and by financial support from our donors.  Plans are in place to digitize the remaining years once additional funding is secured.

If you'd like make a contribution, you can do so on the University Advancement website. Remember to enter your gift amount in the box marked "University Library."

Or you may contact :

Shawna Dooley 
Associate Vice President for Advancement 
1400 Coleman Avenue 
Macon, GA 31207

Thank you for support of the Mercer University Library!


For the ability to access and search The Mercer Cluster Archive, use one of the following tutorials to install the DjVu Browser Plugin:

Once installation of the DjVu Browser Plugin is complete, proceed to The Mercer Cluster Archive.