Stephenville Empire and Stephenville Tribune (Texas) Newspapers to be Digitized and Placed Online

Not here yet but coming soon! An article in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune of Stephenville, Texas, states:

“Digging into local news archives soon will be easier thanks to a joint effort by Tarleton State University’s Dick Smith Library and the Stephenville Public Library to digitize the community’s old newspapers.

“The Ladd & Katherine Hancher Library Foundation donated a $10,450 grant this month that will help with funding to digitize and archive local newspapers published between 1882 and 1922.”

Today, the newspapers are only available in person by visiting Tarleton State University’s Dick Smith Library and the Stephenville Public Library. That obviously isn’t very convenient for anyone living hundreds or thousands of miles away. By digitizing the back issues of the local newspapers, researchers, students and everyday citizens worldwide will have quick, easy access to a wealth of historical data, including genealogical records such as marriage, birth and death notices, as well as advertisements, property transactions and editorials.

Even better, the digitization project will provide a search capability of the newspapers, which will be scanned with optical character recognition (OCR) software to make each page indexed and keyword searchable.

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One Comment

Wonderful news! I was wondering how to make a trip to Texas from California to view this paper.


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