The University of Utah has placed online a long list of local newspapers; titled the ‘Utah Digital Newspapers‘ from across Utah covering many different time frames. They have them from all the state’s counties with some dating back to the 1850s. Most newspapers in Utah start in the 1880s and into the 20th century, so a long span of time for a western state. More recent newspaper editions will be in the 1960s into the 1980s. There is approximately 1 million pages of newspapers for Utah available and more added every few months.
You can use the search box at the top left, fill in a surname or a hometown. Or select over from the drop down of individual newspaper names.
When you find a paper of interest click on that specific date. A thumbnail image is next to each paper date. When you call it up, the page will be in a PDF format, easy for any computer to open. Besides in PDF format (an image of the actual page) you can have it in ‘Text’. However, some of the older newspaper only have it in PDF rather than text.
The information from older newspapers is invaluable. The one from American Fork Citizen for Nov. 25, 1922 has about an early Utah pioneer, Mary H. Adams who had been in Utah since 1855. To help find a specific article, look to the right column there is a tab marked ‘content’. Click on it to view the titles of the various articles on that page.
It will take some work, but you can learn how to operate and search on this Utah Digital Newspapers site.
Photos: Part of the main page for the American Eagle for Sept. 10, 1898; American Fork Citizen for Nov. 25, 1922
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