Recently I wrote about the amazing newspaper search service that The Historical Society of Missouri offers. In an attempt to offer equal time to my home state, Kansas, I should let you know about the really cool project they have undertaken to make Kansas newspapers readily accessible.
In 2009 the Kansas State Historical Society (KSHS), Topeka, KS, received a $260,004 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to digitize their newspaper archives.
What you need to know is that KSHS has the preeminent newspaper collection for the state of Kansas. They have nearly every page of every paper ever published in the state of Kansas. It’s amazing. Their devotion to capturing this archive started with the founder, who was a newspaper man himself, and continues on today.
Now this tremendous archive is being digitized and made available on the Internet through the Chronicling of America Project of the Library of Congress. Accessible now are a mere 100,000 historic Kansas newspaper pages! Plenty enough material for a good Sunday morning read with a cup of coffee.
In 2011, KSHS received additional funding to digitize another 100,000 pages. I know I’ll be watching the website for more good things to come.
For a list of papers already digitized, those scheduled to be digitized, and a spiffy interactive map of towns with digitized newspapers enumerated visit here.
Happy researching…and pass the Danish & coffee.