Hardin-Simmons students have left their mark on the campus in more ways than one. Over time they created several different student run publications: the yearbook – the Bronco, the newspaper – the Brand, the alumni newsletter – the Range Rider, and the literary/art publication – the Corral. Of these four major publications, the oldest is the Corral, published beginning in 1902.
The Corral started out as the only source of news on campus for students (other than gossip). The first few editions contained short stories and poems, along with information such as: Board of Trustee decisions, community news, and anything related to campus life. This early production also had advertisements for anything a college student could want including a bank, furniture, clothes, and even several photography studios. In 1933 the Corral ceased publication for the next 18 years, due to the fact that Simmons students didn’t fit with the writing of the time period (protest literature), so nothing was submitted. It resumed in 1950 with gusto.
By the 1960s, the Corral began to include more than just the literary arts. In the fall of 1962 one of the first drawings is presented in the Corral, and by the mid-1970s, the content was predominantly visual art and poetry. Another leap forward occurred in the 1984, when color was introduced to the publication.
Currently the Corral is in its 94th year of existence (or somewhere close), and shows no sign of slowing. Today, the Corral can be found numerous places every spring available for free. The HSU Library has also digitized past volumes and can be seen along with the Bronco, Brand, Catalogs, and many other items on the West Texas Digital Archives.