I think The Herald-Whig's online newspaper archive at the Quincy Public Library is fantastic. It's very easy to search, but it only goes up to a certain date. When will the next portion of the newspaper be scanned and put online?
The Quincy Public Library digital newspaper archive contains newspapers from 1835 through May 1926. The library and newspaper continue to work with the state of Illinois, federal agencies and other sources to secure additional grant funding to expand the digital archive, and will do so once that funding becomes available.
"It's a very expensive process, so we look for grants and accept donations to support it," said Nancy Dolan, library executive director.
The digital archives was introduced in 2003 with the first phase covering 1835 through 1890. It was funded by a $150,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant. In 2005, the library received $200,000 in federal funding to expand the archive for newspapers from 1890 to 1919.
The library was able to digitize newspapers through May 1926 in 2015 for about $100,000 through a special project budget.
Newspaper editions up to the present day are available on microfilm in the library's Illinois Room. There are two digital microfilm scanners that allow patrons to make digital copies of pages and articles.
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