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Scenic Regional Library Completes Newspaper Digitization Project
Scenic Regional Library has completed its 2013-2014 historical newspaper digitization grant project. In July 2013, the library was awarded a $69,000 LSTA grant by the Missouri State Library to digitize 107,792 pages of its historical newspapers on microfilm. All the newspapers included in the project were from Gasconade, Warren, and Franklin counties and published between the 1870’s and 1920’s.
The grant was written in cooperation with the Missouri State Historical Society and endorsed by several historical societies in the area. Unlike other grants through the Missouri State Library, the library did not have to provide matching funds—the grant covered 100 percent of the costs. The project was completed six months ahead of schedule.
Now that they have been digitized, anyone can view and search the newspapers online for free with a simple keyword search. “This is an enormous benefit to genealogy and local history researchers,” explains Scenic Regional Director Steve Campbell. “If you’ve ever had to go through an entire roll of microfilm looking for a name, it’s extremely tedious and time-consuming. Just having to type in a keyword to search an entire paper can literally save someone days.”
The following newspapers were included in the project and are now available to be viewed and searched:
Bland Courier, 1914-1924
Franklin County Observer, 1893-1926
Franklin County Tribune, 1899-1916
Gasconade County Republican, 1905-1922
Hermann Advertiser and Advertiser-Courier, 1875-1922
Marthasville Record, 1901-1922
New Haven Leader, 1903-1918
Pacific Transcript, 1895-1921
Sullivan News, 1910-1950
Sullivan Sentinel, 1901-1914
Union Republican Headlight, 1904-1919
Union Republican Tribune, 1919-1922
Warrenton Banner, 1902-1924
Washington Citizen, 1905-1923
The digitized newspapers can be found at the following link:
The library is in the process of submitting a second, even larger grant this month that would digitize an additional 270,556 newspaper pages, including the Missourian from 1939 until 1965.