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Idaho State Archives digitizing historical newspapers

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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 12:00 am

CALDWELL — The Caldwell Tribune is among the first 11 Idaho newspaper titles to be digitized at the Idaho State Historical Society.

The project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Project, managed by the Library of Congress and funded by a $277,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Idaho organization is partnering with the Montana Historical Society to digitize and prepare newspapers for posting online.

In all, 100,000 pages of Idaho newspapers will be digitized. Pages will be available to the public, free of charge, through the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website and the homepage of the historical society. Images will be accessible by July 1, 2015, and will be keyword-searchable.

Published between 1864 and 1922, the newspapers selected include Caldwell Tribune; the Camas Prairie Chronicle (Cottonwood), the Challis Messenger; the Cottonwood Report; the Coeur d’Alene Press; the Idaho Falls Times; the Idaho Recorder (Salmon); the Idaho World (Idaho City); the Kendrick Gazette; the Pocatello Tribune; and the Wood River Times (Hailey).

A statewide committee consisting of teachers and professors of history, special collections librarians, the trustees of the historical society, a state archivist and members of the general public interested in local history research selected titles evenly distributed among Idaho’s seven judicial districts.

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