Past edi­tions of Spr. Her­ald pa­per now avail­able on­line

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The Utah Depart­ment of Her­itage and Arts has an­nounced the com­ple­tion of its lat­est dig­i­ti­za­tion project that makes avail­able a 34-year run of the Springville Her­ald and ex­panded edi­tions of Park City’s Park Record news­pa­per free to the public on­line.

Peo­ple can now search 13,286 pages of the Springville Her­ald from 1924 to 1957. They can also search an ad­di­tional 6,658 pages of the Park Record, mak­ing all edi­tions avail­able from 1881 to 1986. Both projects were com­pleted in part­ner­ship with DHA and the Uni­ver­sity of Utah’s Mar­riott Li­brary Utah Dig­i­tal News­pa­pers ar­chives (dig­i­tal­news­pa­pers. org).

“This col­lec­tion is open to the public by ap­point­ment, but is very frag­ile,” said Am­ber Swan­son with the Springville Public Li­brary. “The grant from the Depart­ment of Her­itage and Arts has made 34 years of the Springville Her­ald avail­able on­line to any­one in the world. It will be a boon to re­searchers study­ing the his­tory of Springville and the art move­ment of Art City.”

“In­for­ma­tion is pow­er­ful, but it takes money and com­mit­ment to con­vert his­tory to dig­i­tal ar­chives, avail­able to all on the In­ter­net,” said for­mer Sum­mit County Coun­cil and Park City Coun­cilmem­ber Sally El­liott, who added that Park City’s rich jour­nal­is­tic tra­di­tion is now be­ing shared on­line.

El­liott and Swan­son both said they worked with car­ing cit­i­zens and their lo­cal li­braries to sub­mit grant ap­pli­ca­tions to the Utah State Li­brary – a di­vi­sion of DHA.

DHA Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Julie Fisher said the ef­fort to pre­serve th­ese two news­pa­pers was clearly a good choice.

“The process of dig­i­tiz­ing news­pa­pers is a worth­while in­vest­ment that pro­vides a cost sav­ings over time,” Fisher said. “His­toric small-town news­pa­pers are vir­tu­ally in­ac­ces­si­ble if the only copy is found in the base­ment of a li­brary. Just think how much eas­ier it is to find an an­ces­tor’s obit­u­ary now that they are dig­i­tal and on­line. Dig­i­ti­za­tion is a smart in­vest­ment.”

The new col­lec­tion joins a grow­ing list of lo­cal news­pa­pers now avail­able on­line at dig­i­tal­news­pa­

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