First issue of The Clarion in 1935
The first issue of The Clarion in September 1935. (Click image to open the issue in PDF format in a new browser window or tab.)

A Brief History of The Clarion

The Clarion began publication as a student-produced campus newspaper shortly after Brevard College was established in 1934 by the merger of the older Rutherford and Weaver colleges. The newspaper has been produced continuously, more or less, since its first issue in September 1935. More than 800 of those issues, from 1935 to 2011, have been archived as part of DigitalNC, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. Follow the links below to browse DigitalNC's collection of various Brevard College student publications: 


The Clarion has been published weekly during Brevard College's academic year (fall and spring semesters) since 2006. All issues since that time will eventually be available within this website. Each volume covers an academic year (from August to the following May). The Clarion does not publish during the summer months.


The Clarion welcomes contributions from our readers, including letters to the editor, opinion pieces, feature stories, photographs, cartoons, or other written or visual materials. Contributions, including letters, should be on subjects of interest or relevance to readers of The Clarion, which includes the students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of Brevard College. We reserve the right to edit any contribution, including letters, for length or content.

Letters intended for publication in the newspaper should be sent to Queries or requests concerning other contributions to The Clarion may  be sent to the same address. 

Normally, letters should be 250 words or less. Letters must be signed. We do not publish letters whose authorship cannot be verified.

The Clarion has been the student newspaper at Brevard College since 1935. Student staff members are responsible for content, editing, advertising sales, and production and distribution of the newspaper on the Brevard College campus and throughout the surrounding community.

Unless otherwise noted, all contents on this website are Copyright 2024 The Clarion. Articles, photographs and other content in archived issues are copyrighted for the year of original publication.

For more information, including current staff and advertising information and a comprehensive archive of all available past issues, visit our website,

All correspondence, including letters to the editor and permission requests to re-use Clarion content, should be addressed to The Clarion, Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Dr., Brevard, NC 28712, or e-mailed to