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 all the newspapers printed in Wyoming between 1849 and 1922 accessible in an easily searchable format, over the internet, for free.
The Wyoming Newspaper Project is a "work in progress." That is, 900,000 pages will go online eventually but the project has not yet been completed. As of February 2009, the site contains about 407,000, or approximately half, of the full page newspaper images loaded. In the coming weeks and months, the remaining full pages will be added. A list of the newspapers and dates loaded is now available and will be updated as more pages are added.
You can browse the entire collection or search for newspapers from specified towns or counties, on certain dates, or by a specific title. The text is searchable, including news articles, news briefs, obituaries and other items of interest.
Funding for the project was made possible by the Wyoming Legislature, the support of Governor Dave Freudenthal, and the Library Services Technology Act federal program. All of the metadata (what makes the newspapers' text searchable) was created by residents of Wyoming.
The Wyoming Newspaper Project is available at http://www.wyonewspapers.org.