About the Project

For the sheer volume of information they contain, newspapers are the single most important printed record of human activity. Historians, genealogists, and other scholars rely on them to provide a first-hand and sometimes the only account of local news. The Wyoming Newspaper Project will make newspapers printed in Wyoming between 1849 and 1922 accessible in an easily searchable format, over the internet, for free.

The Wyoming Newspaper Project will convert more than 800,000 newspaper pages from microfilm into digital format. Text to be made searchable includes news articles, news briefs, obituaries and other items of interest. Searching will be flexible, and users can either search or browse the entire collection, individual publications or some other group or set created by the user. The Wyoming State Library will use PTFS' ArchivalWare to store, search, retrieve, browse and manage the collection of newspapers and trademarks.

Funding for the project was made possible by the Wyoming Legislature, the support of Governor Dave Freudenthal, and the Library Services and Technology Act federal program. All of the metadata was created by residents of Wyoming.

If your research takes you past 1922, you will have to use the microfilm. To view the microfilm inventory of the Wyoming State Archives, use the Microfilm Archives Research and Security System (MARSS). Microfilm may be viewed in the reference room of the Wyoming State Archives. Reference room hours, address, and contact information are available at http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/Archives/Visit.aspx.

If you can't visit the State Archives, you can obtain newspaper microfilm through interlibrary loan from your local library. Newspaper microfilm 1867 to 2000 is available from the University of Wyoming and can be researched at your library. The State Archives does not participate in interlibrary loan. Rolls of microfilm may also be purchased from the State Archives. Archives staff can conduct a limited amount of research for you.

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Wyoming State Archives
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Wyoming Press Association
Wyoming State Historical Society
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University of Wyoming Libraries
American Heritage Center

Wyoming State Library
2800 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002