Eddyville Library digital newspaper archives

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A library patron uses the new digital archives.

EDDYVILLE — The Friends of the Eddyville Public Library is excited to announce the launch of the “Eddyville Newspaper Archives: Opening the Digital Window to the Past.” The digital newspaper archives makes it possible to offer a searchable database of archived Eddyville newspapers on the internet. The newspapers cover most of the time period between 1854 and 2003. The newspapers include: The Eddyville Advertiser, Eddyville Free Press, Eddyville Star, Eddyville Signal, and the Eddyville Tribune.

The instant, around the clock access to the archive can bring local history to life for a new generation. Fresh opportunities for original local history research become limitless. Possible uses include:

1.Genealogists will uncover previously unknown aspects of their family lineage from obituaries and other news items.

2. Local government officials, historic preservationists, and other community groups will use the archive to meet a wide range of research needs.

3. Property owners, real estate agents, and small business owners will discover timely answers to many questions.

4. History buffs will spend hours uncovering lost details about local people, places and events, while all citizens will enjoy looking back at everyday life of yesteryear.

Those who utilize the newspaper archives will be able to view, research, and print pages from their home. It will be available 24/7, so people will appreciate the convenience it will provide.

The newspaper archives were made possible in part by a Bright Ideas grant from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation in the amount of $3,194.00. The remaining amount of $1,886.00 was gifted by Betty Voss and Cargill - through the Cargill-Eddyville Annual Community Enrichment giving campaign.

Access to the link to the Eddyville Newspapers Digital Archives may be found on the Eddyville Public Library’s website (www.eddyville.lib.ia.us) or by going to http://eddyville.advantage-preservation.com.

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