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State Historical Society makes more issues of historical newspapers available online

Several more South Dakota newspaper titles have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers available to the public, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

New titles recently added include: the Union County Courier of Elk Point, 1877-1913; the Madison Daily Leader, 1890-1922; the Newell Reclamation News, 1915-1917; the Bad River News, 1906-1912; Philip Weekly Review, 1907-1912; Philip Weekly Review and Bad River News, 1912-1918; The Pioneer, 1917-1919; Philip Weekly Review 1918-1920; The Pioneer-Review, 1920-1922; The Oglala Light of Pine Ridge, 1905-1920; the Sturgis Advertiser, 1887-1891; the Dewey County Advocate of Timber Lake, 1910-1913; The Charles Mix New Era, 1905-1911; The New Era-Leader, 1911-1912; and The Wagner Leader, 1912.

“These titles join others that are already available on the Chronicling America website,” said state archivist Chelle Somsen. “We now have 53 titles online.”

To view these newspapers, visit the Chronicling America Website:ðnicity=&language.

In 2016 the State Historical Society-Archives received a two-year $240,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historical newspapers. The project is part of Chronicling America, a Library of Congress initiative to develop an online database of select historical newspapers from around the United States.

As part of the grant, the State Historical Society-Archives has digitized approximately 100 rolls of microfilmed newspapers pre-dating 1922 to be included in this collection. This was the second grant the State Archives has received to participate in this project. This recent addition completes the titles that were selected for the grant that began in 2016. A third grant began in September 2018, and another 100 rolls of microfilmed historical newspapers will be added in the next two years, Somsen said.

For more information, contact the State Historical Society-Archives at 605-773-3804 or visit State Archives hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST Monday-Friday and the first Saturday of most months.

About the South Dakota State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing and administrative/development offices. Call 605-773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.

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