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UW and Wyoming State Library partner to continue digitizing newspapers

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 5:41 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The University of Wyoming has received a second round of funding from the National Endowment for Humanities to support newspaper digitization work. The Wyoming State Library will also see some of that funding.

The Wyoming State Library began digitizing newspapers in the early 2000s. But, in December of 2020, the State Library partnered with the University of Wyoming and the Colorado State Library to create a nearly 2-million page collection of digitized content, accessible to the community.

“It’s great to have... more resources out there for people,” said Travis Pollock, Federal Documents Librarian for the Wyoming State Library. “Newspapers benefit just a wide variety of people everywhere from academics to just the general public to genealogists... it’s just a great resource of historical information.”

The State Library currently has a number of newspaper titles available to the public such as the Cheyenne Daily Sun, the Chuggwater Journal, which was completely handwritten back in the day, and the Wyoming State Tribune. Date titles range anywhere from 1849 up to 1989.

“It gives, kind of a snapshot of these communities and what they were and, you know, what was important to them,” Pollock said. “Some of these communities aren’t even there anymore. So it provides a great historical record of what these communities were and what was important to them back then and also kind of moving forward to now.”

The State Library says the end goal is to have all the print newspapers they currently have in digital form.

“When this is all done, we’re going to have 4 to 5 million pages, so really excited about it,” Pollock said.

Currently, you can access all the collections through the State Library Collection Website.

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