FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is Wyoming Newspapers?

Wyoming Newspapers is a service of the Wyoming State Library to ensure the preservation of historic Wyoming newspapers. Making Wyoming's historic newspapers available to the world for education and historical research, including genealogy, is the cornerstone of Wyoming Newspapers.

What is included in the Wyoming Newspapers?

Wyoming Newspapers is a continual work-in-progress. It includes more than 340 historic newspapers with over 800,000 pages consisting mostly of Wyoming newspapers from 1849 through 1922. We have other newspapers, though not as many, ranging from 1923 through 1989. There are missing pages, issues, years, and titles that we are constantly on the lookout for. If you have any historic Wyoming newspapers, please email Thomas Ivie or call (307) 777-6330.

Using Historical Newspapers

Historic newspapers can be a goldmine of information for those doing historical research of any kind, whether academics, students, genealogists, or for entertainment, they often contain information that is not available in any other source. Serving as the gateway to the past, historical newspapers help researchers learn about the events and perceptions that affected a community, state, and nation. In many cases, they served as the official record for a place. The small town newspapers provided a lot of personal information as well. Some of the valuable information you might find in historic newspapers can include advertisements, marriage, birth and death announcements, who attended events, land sales, businesses, church affiliations and activities, crimes, family stories, military service, obituaries that might list relatives, sporting events, taxation, fashion, agriculture advice, legends and outlaws of the West, and the list goes on.

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Searching Wyoming Newspapers

Notes about Historical Newspapers

The majority of newspapers in this collection span the years 1849 through 1922. That span also represents changes in journalistic practice, society, and language that must be considered when searching. Some differences between the journalistic practices in early newspapers and those of modern newspapers include:

  • Early newspapers included many brief, 2-3 sentence articles; therefore, your search may retrieve many articles with little substantial content.
  • Early newspapers often mixed jokes and editorial content with articles.
  • Earlier newspapers seldom include the full length articles typical of modern newspapers; therefore, brief articles may be the only type you find on your topic.
  • Be prepared to find a mix of editorial commentary and factual news in the same article.
  • Be aware of various differences in language between the 19th century and today. Terms used in the past do not always have the same meaning currently; in some cases, usage has become archaic or obsolete. For example: transient, consumption, hornswoggle, Yanks.
  • These newspapers reflect the attitudes, beliefs, and perspectives of the times, and may stereotype individuals and groups or use terms that are now considered derogatory and offensive. For example: mammy, colored, Huns, savages.
  • Abbreviations were sometimes used, particularly for proper names (Jno, Thos, Chas).

Can I save a page?

Yes. When you have a newspaper page open, click on the "Save current page" image either above left of the PDF or on the Adobe Reader toolbar at the bottom of the PDF (depending on your Preferences settings). Alternatively, if you're viewing the newspaper page in a separate window (by clicking the "Show document" magnifying lens image), click the "Save a copy" icon.

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Can I zoom in on text?

Yes. On the initial newspaper page image screen, there is a drop-down menu that says "Full." Click on the down arrow for choices. Or click on the plus sign "+" if using the Adobe Reader toolbar. Alternatively, if you are viewing the newspaper page in a separate window (by way of clicking on the "Show document" image), click on the "+" on the toolbar that appears at the bottom of the PDF when you scroll your mouse over it.

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Can I print a page from Wyoming Newspapers?

There are a couple of ways to print a PDF. The simplest is to click on the print icon on the PDF toolbar. The second way to print a PDF is by clicking on the save current page image. Instead of saving the file, click on the option to open it and click OK. This will open the PDF in a separate window. Now, right click your mouse on the PDF. A list of options will pop up. Click on Print.

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Why is some text difficult to read?

The same things that can affect the quality of OCR can make the newspaper pages difficult to read. Things like fading, folds/creases, holes, tears, heavy/light ink, and smearing. We digitize the best copy we can get. In some cases, no other copy exists. However, we're continuously on the lookout for better copies. If you come across any, please email Thomas Ivie or call (307) 777-6330.

Are there copyright restrictions?

Yes and no. Wyoming Newspapers provides access to this collection in order to support research and education. Some materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. All newspapers published before January 1, 1923 are in the public domain and therefore have no restrictions on use. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. It is the user's responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or any other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise disseminating materials found in this collection.

Please give credit to Wyoming Newspapers

If publishing, quoting from, or linking to this collection, we request that you credit: Wyoming Newspapers, Wyoming State Library, http://newspapers.wyo.gov.

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