Regular issues during the early years contained articles on education, literature, athletics, and literary societies, as well as poetry, editorials, and notes on alumni. Students also submitted articles on such topics as Indian dances, modern literature, and the rise of the universities. By 1903, the stated purpose of the publication was to furnish a medium through which "the literary life" of the Indian University might find expression. The content reflected this goal. Topics for writing became more academic, treating such matters as literature, politics, religion, and patriotism.
In the early years, no editor was listed. The editor in 1901- 1902 was Mantle Johnson . From 1902 through 1904, the editor was Laura Edwards. The editor for 1904- 1905 was Patrick J. Hurley, from Phillips, Indian Territory. He had been business manager of the paper for two years. Born in the Choctaw Nation in 1883, Hurley was destined to make a name for himself as Secretary of War ( 1929-1933), a general during World War II, and Ambassador to China ( 1944- 1945). 2 The editor for 1905- 1907 was Jesse A. Morse.
During the editorships of Hurley and Morse, the content changed. While they continued to publish literary essays, they also printed local and personal items, placed more emphasis on campus clubs, societies, and athletics, and addressed current local issues such as land graft and approaching Oklahoma statehood. At first, The Baconian had a double-column format. In 1900 it was changed to a single column. The page count varied from twelve to thirty-two. The Baconian apparently ceased publication in 1907.
Bibliography: Carolyn Thomas Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, 1835-1907 ( Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1936)
Index Sources: None
Location Sources: Danky and Hady; OkMu; OkMuB
Title and Title Changes: The Baconian ( 1898- 1907)
Volume and Issue Data: The Baconian (Vol. 1, No. 1, May, 1898-Vol. 10, No. 4, May, 1907)
Publisher and Place of Publication: Indian University, Bacone, Indian Territory ( 1898- 1907)
Editor: Mamie Johnson ( 1901- 1902); Laura Edwards ( 1902- 1904); Patrick J. Hurley ( 1904- 1905); Jesse A. Morse ( 1905- 1907)