UW and Wyoming State Library team up to continue newspaper digitization

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (Wyoming News Now) – The University of Wyoming has received second funding from the National Endowment for Humanities to support newspaper digitization work. The Wyoming State Library will also receive a portion of this funding.

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

“It’s great to have … more resources available to people,” said Travis Pollock, federal records librarian for the Wyoming State Library. “Newspapers benefit a wide variety of people everywhere, from academics to the general public to genealogists … it’s just a great resource for 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 entirely handwritten at the time, and the Wyoming State Tribune. The date titles range from 1849 to 1989.

“It gives kind of a snapshot of those communities and what they were and, you know, what was important to them,” Pollock said. “Some of these communities don’t even exist anymore. So this provides an excellent historical record of what these communities were and what was important to them then and also moving forward now. “

The state library says the end goal is to have all of the printed newspapers they currently have in digital form.

“When this is all over, we’ll have 4-5 million pages, so really excited about that,” Pollock said.

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

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