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Iowa Digital Newspaper Project

With support from a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the libraries of the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) are working to digitize 100,000 pages of Iowa newspaper content published prior to 1923.

The project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a national collaborative effort to preserve and provide access to America’s historical newspapers, and it has been designated a National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” project. “We the People” initiatives encourage the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture through the exploration of significant events and themes in our country’s history.

The Iowa Digital Newspaper Project began in September 2012 and will continue through August 2014. The grant covers 11 titles between 1862 and 1922 and includes a German language title, an African American title, dailies and weeklies from 10 counties across Iowa.

The project is supported by an advisory committee comprised of archivists, educators, genealogists, librarians, scholars, and history enthusiasts that selected titles that are historically, geographically and chronologically significant. At the conclusion of the two-year project, the digital content will be freely and widely accessible on the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website.

The libraries of the State Historical Society of Iowa are excited to offer this access for genealogists, historians, academics, students, National History Day participants, and cultural and historical institutions who appreciate the great historical value of Iowa’s newspapers. We look forward to future initiatives that will continue to preserve and break down the research barriers to Iowa’s newspaper content.

Newspaper Titles Selected for Grant Cycle #1 (2012-2014)



Iowa Plain Dealer (Cresco) Mar. 1, 1910 - Dec. 31, 1920
Taglische Demokrat (Davenport) Jan. 2, 1917 - Sept. 7, 1918
Der Demokrat (Davenport) July 3, 1862 - Dec. 28, 1865
Iowa State Bystander (Des Moines) Nov. 13, 1896 - Dec. 31, 1921
Denison Review (Denison) Sept. 7, 1910 - Nov. 24, 1920
Keokuk Daily Gate City (Keokuk) Mar. 20, 1914 - Dec. 18, 1920
Leon Reporter (Leon) Nov. 3, 1910 - June 24, 1920
Manchester Democrat (Manchester) July 5, 1911 - Dec. 28, 1921
Marshalltown Times Republican (Marshalltown) Feb. 1, 1910 - Dec. 30, 1920
Ottumwa Weekly Courier (Ottumwa) Mar. 1, 1910 - June 4, 1918
Webster City Freeman (Webster City) July 11, 1911 - May 29, 1922
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