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Spotlight: Wyoming Newspaper Project

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Visitor Services Representative

Wyoming Newspaper Project


The Wyoming Newspaper Project collection comprises all of the newspapers that were printed in Wyoming between 1849 and 1922. The project is a work in progress and, as of May 1, 2011, more than 794,500 full page newspaper images have been uploaded to the website. The complete collection contains more than 900,000 newspaper pages.


You can search the full text of news articles, obituaries, and other items of interest. Searches can be performed on the entire collection or individual newspapers. There are two search options in addition to the keyword search. One type is a concept search, which will find keywords and phrases as well as related concepts. The example given in the website’s help section explains that if you search for the word “cow,” the search function will also look for related terms such as “cattle.” The other type of search is a pattern search, which returns both exact search terms and terms with similar spellings. Such a search is useful when there are alternate spellings of words, and when you are searching for keywords that are commonly misspelled.


Enter a term in the search box and click the Search Newspapers button. This will open a page with a list of all newspapers in which the search term appears. The data fields in the results include a page image thumbnail, the newspaper title with issue number, date and page number, city, year, month, day, page number, and “all.” Click on the page icon to open a file containing the full newspaper page. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the images. Since the newer versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader do not highlight the search term on the page, you may have to use the Find function to locate it. Click on the Help with Adobe Acrobat Reader link to troubleshoot any issues you have viewing the images. The “All” link is an icon. Click on it to view details about the newspaper page. By using the icons on the right side of the top bar you can email, print, and save search results for future use.


You can browse the collection by city, county, year, or newspaper title. To browse the collection, first click on the link that corresponds to the type of browsing you would like to do. If you want to browse by city, click on that link on the homepage. Next click on the folder for the city you have chosen. Continue to click on folders until you reach a page containing the individual page files. Choose a page and click on the icon to the left of the newspaper title information to view the page. Browsing by date will bring up a list of all of the issues of the newspapers in the collection that were published on a particular day. For example, on January 2, 1874, there is an issue from three different newspapers: the Laramie Daily Sentinel, the Daily Independent, and the Cheyenne Daily Leader. Knowing about multiple newspapers published on the same day could be useful if you are seeking information about an event and want to gather as much detail and as many perspectives as possible. By using the icons on the right side of the top bar you can email, print, and save results for future use.

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