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Back issues of Pear, Optimist now online

Thanks to some extraordinary help from The Portal to Texas History project and Abilene Christian University’s Brown Library, you can now read free digital versions of back issues of award-winning Abilene Christian University student print media.
Hosted by the University of North Texas libraries, the Portal is “a gateway to Texas history materials,” including old photographs to rare historical maps in “unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections.”
Back issues of The Optimist and Prickly are included in the online archive, as well as the university’s academic catalogs from 1906-2004.
The Prickly Pear began in 1916 and ceased publication after its 2007 edition.