Wyoming Digital Newspapers Easier Than Ever to Search



Image of front page of historic newspaper with headline WAR IS OVERThe Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection is now easier to use for those looking for freely available historic newspapers.

A new search feature allows users to limit search results to unrestricted content. The entire collection contains more than three million newspaper pages, dating back to 1849, but many are only available through request from the University of Wyoming Libraries. Now, users can confine their searches to newspapers with unrestricted access from anywhere at any time.

“The Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection is a robust, online collection, perfect for exploring the state’s history,” said Travis Pollok, Wyoming State Library Legislative Librarian. “This new search feature will make it much more friendly with customizable searching and browsing.”

Historians, genealogists, students, and scholars can find a wealth of reliable information in the collection, all first-hand accounts of local news from days gone by. The earliest newspapers date back to the mid-1800s, but many survived for only a brief time and disappeared like the boom-and-bust ghost towns of Wyoming and the West.

The Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection is a partnership between the Wyoming State Library and the University of Wyoming Libraries. The database includes 400 historic newspaper titles, 223,439 issues and 3,178,268 pages – and it’s still growing! The digital collection can be found online for free at www.wyomingnewspapers.org.

Questions about the digital newspaper project may be directed to Bryan Ricupero, Metadata Librarian at the University of Wyoming Libraries at bricuper@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-5615.

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