Wisconsin Historical Newspaper Project

ARCHIVE OF WISCONSIN NEWSPAPERS

The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC), Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS), Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) and WiLS are working together to provide digital access to Wisconsin’s historical newspapers through the Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers, available through BadgerLink.

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THIS STATEWIDE PROJECT INCLUDE:

  • Access to the Archive is provided through BadgerLink and is freely available to all Wisconsin residents. Paid access is available for out-of-state researchers through the WNA News Tracker service.
  • Historical content is fully searchable alongside more than 250 daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 90 days ago. Users can explore newspapers by title, city, county or date, and can save or print individual pages.
  • Libraries receive high-quality scans from the Wisconsin Historical Society’s archival master microfilm negatives, which provide a cleaner, more readable digital version than microfilm that may be scratched and worn from years of patron use.
  • Libraries contributing to the Archive receive a 10% discount on microfilm scanning from WHS (this discount is reflected in the costs outlined below).
  • Libraries may choose to retain a copy of the digital files for local use at no additional cost (TIFF and/or PDF format). In addition, WHS maintains a copy of the TIFF master scans and WNA maintains a copy of the PDF files for storage and backup purposes.
  • Wisconsin Newspaper Association coordinates with newspaper publishers on behalf of libraries to secure permissions to post copyrighted content online.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS?

Microfilm scanning and OCR (WHS)

$0.21/page

Processing and uploading (WNA)

$0.12/page

TOTAL

$0.33/page

For example, 10,000 newspaper pages (typically 14-20 microfilm reels) would cost approximately $3,300 to scan, process and upload.

HOW CAN MY LIBRARY PARTICIPATE?

  1. Check the Wisconsin Historical Society’s microfilm catalog to see if your community’s newspapers are part of WHS’s microfilm holdings. Contact microfilmsales@wisconsinhistory.org if you can’t find your community’s newspapers in the online catalog.
  2. Use the Buy Digital Copies web form to indicate the newspaper titles and date ranges you want to add to the Archive. WHS will provide a cost estimate and add you to the list for batch uploading to the Archive.

QUESTIONS?
Contact Emily Pfotenhauer at emily@wils.org or 608-616-9756.