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Historic pages of Kansas newspapers go online

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at 11:47 a.m.

Kansans can now get a fresh look at the state’s past through a partnership with the Kansas State Historical Society and Newspapers.com.

The partnership already allows Kansans to view about a million pages of Kansas newspapers published from 1854 through 1922 by logging on through kshs.org/ancestry/drivers/dlverify. The access is free to Kansans with a valid driver’s license or government issued identification card.

“Kansas has one of the best newspaper collections in the nation,” said Michael Church,digital initiatives coordinator with the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka.

The Kansas Historical Society has placed nearly all Kansas newspapers on microfilm. Church said the partnership with Newspapers.com will be done in phases and over the next few years will build the digital pages up to more than five million.

Kansas newspaper editors – including The Eagle's founder, Marshall Murdock – started the collection and founded the society in 1875.

Some of the highlights from that historic period includes Kansas through its territorial period through statehood, the Civil War, Indian Wars era, cowtowns, the grasshopper plague of 1874, the Bloody Benders, the rise of the Populist movement and World War I.

Church said every major newspaper in the state will have pages in the collection. In addition to The Eagle, some of those papers will include the Abilene Reflector, Dodge City Globe, Iola Register, Saline County Journal and Arkansas City Daily Traveler.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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