Article originally published on April 25, 2017
|Historic Sugar River Recorder, available on Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers|
Digital access to historical newspapers is always in high demand from genealogists and other researchers. Recollection Wisconsin harvests a handful of historical newspaper collections (see list below). However, due to lack of centralized full-text searching and other technical limitations, we don’t actively work to digitize or support access to newspaper content. Fortunately, several of our partners have taken on projects to meet this need!
Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers
National Digital Newspaper Program in Wisconsin
In 2015 the Wisconsin Historical Society joined the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC) to provide access to historically significant American newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. WHS is in the process of digitizing 100,000 pages of newspapers to be added to LC’s Chronicling America website. Titles contributed to Chronicling America so far include the Wood County Reporter (Wisconsin Rapids) and the Watertown Republican. More titles will be added in the coming months, representing a diverse geographic, social and political picture of the state.
Independent projects and other access points
Newspaper collections harvested by Recollection Wisconsin
- Carroll Echo (and other titles), Carroll University
- Delavan Republican, Aram Public Library
- Marquette Tribune, Marquette University
- UWM Post, UW-Milwaukee
- Wisconsin Times, Wisconsin School for the Deaf
Written by: Emily Pfotenhauer, WiLS