Censored version of the November 1939 issue of the Carolina Buccaneer
Student Publications and Censorship
The Carolina Buccaneer was a humor magazine published by University of North Carolina students between 1924 and 1939. The magazine contained jokes, cartoons, and advertisements and each issue was devoted to a theme. From its inception, the Buccaneer published slightly risqué material and often received criticism from students and faculty for its content. In November 1939, the magazine sought to publish an issue on the theme of sex. The issue was considered so offensive on campus that the Student Council ordered all 3,000 copies destroyed. A few days later, the student-run Publications Union Board decided to reuse parts of the magazine and publish a revised edition. The most notable revision was the provocative cartoon on the cover of the issue was to be concealed by a white box to make clear that the issue had been censored. Ultimately, the student legislature voted to discontinue publication of the Buccaneer.
North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill