Collection Spotlight By Katie Adams – information provided by Colorado, Wyoming Museum Association
The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) online database is one resource that I utilize almost daily to help me with all historic local research. The database originally launched several years ago and this November it was completely updated.
www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org offers public access to over 650,000 digitized pages of historic Colorado newspapers. The Colorado State Library has made the new site faster, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly. The best part about it is, it’s FREE! You don’t have to create an account (although I created one to help manage my searches and to save articles) nor do you have to pay a monthly registration fee.
The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) currently offers online access to more than 199 local and regional newspapers, including newspapers published between 1859 and 1923. I most frequently access the Steamboat Pilot which includes full issues from 1894 through 1964. The new search layout allows you to search by county (before you had to select newspapers individually), so you can simultaneously search all seven of the newspapers that were printed in Routt County.
K-12 students can interact directly with primary source materials too, instead of depending on the history books to interpret the content for them. Genealogy researchers can search by name or just obituaries. Newspapers often provide record of birth, marriage, and death, and may also contain stories about families that cannot be found in any other sources. CHNC makes these resources easily accessible to all.
While the CHNC database cannot replace the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s extensive Research Center and archive, which includes many primary resource documents that have not yet been digitized, newspaper clippings, local magazines, and locally published out-of-print books, audio and video oral histories, and more, CHNC is a helpful way to begin your research at home.
The digital newspapers are a fantastic resource for our state and county. The Bud Werner Memorial Library was instrumental in getting the project off the ground locally, and now the Colorado State Library has enhanced the site greatly. Ongoing support for maintaining and providing access to CHNC is funded by state and federal funds administered by the Colorado State Library. Anyone with an internet connection can use CHNC free of charge - or come to the museum or the Bud Werner Library, and staff can assist you with your research needs.
For more information contact:
Leigh Jeremias, Digital Collections Coordinator, Networking and Resource Sharing, Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, Colorado State Library. firstname.lastname@example.org