UW Libraries are digitizing the Wyoming newspapers that are on microfilm. There are dozens of Wyoming newspapers from the current and past century that contain a vast amount of historical information of value to researchers.
The digitization process will include OCR (optical character recognition) so that these newspapers may be searched by keyword.
This project is expected to take a year or more. During that time some of the microfilm reels will not be available. The library will place a note in the catalog entry for these reels that have been temporarily removed for scanning. Researchers who need these particular reels can use interlibrary loan to request that item from other libraries in Wyoming.
Once the digitization project is complete, the microfilm will be moved to a storage facility to free up space for the UW Libraries' growing collection and student study space.
The UW Libraries subscribe to a number of print editions of state, national, and international newspapers in order to provide information on current news events, as well as a resource for investigating on the reporting of historical events at the time the events occurred. Since newspapers are printed on cheap paper, they deteriorate rapidly and cannot be bound. For a long time the only long-term storage option for newspapers was in microform, which required special equipment to read or to make copies. Waiting for the microfilm replacement for the print papers means the Libraries have to store issues and make them accessible. Over the last ten years, digital copies of newspapers have been acquired by the Libraries in single-title and multiple-title collections, and individual newspaper articles are now provided in a wide array of digital databases. And newspaper's traditional role is being challenged by other online news sources. This guide provides additional information on the newspaper resources of the Libraries, especially how to search for content.