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Cherokee history at your fingertips

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Library digitizes newspaper archives

For all you history buffs out there, as well as folks who are passionate about Genealogy, there is some good news from the Cherokee Public Library.

Mary Jo Ruppert, Librarian at the Cherokee Public Library, demonstrates how to access the new Cherokee newspaper archives on the Libary's website. The public can now access most of the newspapers from the past 140 years from their own computers. Photo by Mike Leckband
Recently, the Library began a project to digitize Cherokee newspapers from 1870's to the present day.

Currently you can access 1870 to 1985 and 1992 to 2001 throughout the Cherokee Public Libary's website. The Library hopes to have the missing issues available after the first of the year.

The newspaper archives database is attached to the library's website.

Across the top on the library's home page are several tabs. Click on the one that says newspaper archives and then click again on the underlined words Cherokee Newspaper Archives.

You will see a list of newspaper titles on the left as well as a list of years and months. There is also a box where names or words can be entered. Putting quotes around a name really helps to expedite a search.

Anyone with a computer can search the database from anywhere.

"The Library has been talking about this project for the past five years," said Librarian Mary Jo Ruppert.

"We've been waiting for a company to come forward that we could trust, and we watched other libraries and saw how they did their projects. That's when Advantage came to the top of our list. They are located in Iowa and the person who we are working with we've worked with before when he was at another company. So we just felt it was the right time," added Ruppert.

Ruppert also explained that they will also begin to digitize some of what she calls "odds and ends" of papers.

"Cherokee has quite a history of newspapers. There was maybe one in business for six months, another one in business for three months. They all have different names and there were several that had "Times" in the title. So it

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