The Colorado Historical Newspapers Collection is available online. The search process is made very simple. Place the keyword, surname, topic you wish to see if there were any newspaper articles covering between 1859 and 1923. Keep in mind there can be articles in the numerous Colorado newspapers to select from which are about events and people outside of Colorado, especially neighboring states. So if you had ancestors in northern New Mexico in 1910, this would be a source to check out.
In this search page you can also narrow the search to just photos in the paper, advertisements, articles or look at all three at once. All the available newspapers in the collection are listed, scroll down to see the many covered. Next to each name is the county or town served by that paper. Hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key on your computer keyboard then select just a few of the newspapers, instead of only one. You could check the box below to search all the newspapers at once.
For time periods you can can do the full range of 1859 to 1923 or use the drop down arrow to place a date range; such as 1900 to 1915. Then to the far right a small box has “Go” and you click it for the search to begin. If no items are found, change the name or keyword or the newspapers selected or the date range.
When items are located the total number is shown in the upper left corner. Then for each thumbnail, a small image appears, the newspaper name and the date of the article. Go to the next page of item by following the pages listed in the upper right. Finding an article of interest, you can click on it to enlarge it or better yet go to the part on the right where the full page with that article will appear.
Keep in mind not all dates for all the newspapers are available. Some newspapers were only in business for a few years; such as 1868 to 1870. Plus not all issues still survive to be scanned and placed on the site. Use the ‘browse’ section to see what years for a specific newspaper are available. Any individual article, image or advertisement can be saved to your computer.
Again, an easy to use and fascinating search into a variety of Colorado newspapers.
Photo: An advertisement in the ‘The Herald Democrat’ for Leadville, Colo. issue March 18, 1919.< Return To Blog