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UW adding historical newspapers, including Wyoming’s first, to national database

"Rachael Laing, a UW library specialist, digitizes newspaper microfilm in Coe Library as part of the Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project." (UW Photo)

CASPER, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming Libraries have begun to add historical newspapers from the state to the “Chronicling America” database as part of the “Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project.”

UW said on Thursday, Oct. 1 that the following historical newspapers from Wyoming have been added:

  • “The Northern Wyoming Herald and Garland Irrigation Era, published from 1911-1924”
  • “a portion of the Cheyenne Daily Leader, widely recognized as Wyoming’s first newspaper”

The Chronicling America database is free for anyone to use to view historical newspapers from 1789-1963.

“Launched in 2007, Chronicling America is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress to create a national digital resource of historically significant United States newspapers,” UW said.

UW Libraries received a $209,000 grant from the NEH in 2019 to support the Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project for two years.

“The project involves the digitization of 100,000 pages of Wyoming historical newspapers — dating from 1863-1963 — as part of the state’s participation in the NDNP,” UW said. “The project began in January after a selection board prioritized newspaper titles late last year.”

The UW team has been working to duplicate and digitize microfilmed newspapers held at the Wyoming State Archives.

UW says the next set of newspapers they will add to the database include:

  • the Platte Valley Lyre
  • The Saratoga Sun
  • the Cody Enterprise
  • the Park County Herald

UW project team members include:

  • UW Assistant Librarian Amanda Lehman (Co-project investigator under the NEH grant)
  • UW Associate Librarian Bryan Ricupero (co-project investigator)
  • UW Library Specialist Rachael Laing (project specialist)
  • UW Instructional Design Librarian Samantha Peter (project facilitator)
  • Student Madison Glenn (from Moorcroft)

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.