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2301 Central Ave.
Cheyenne, WY 82002
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Wyoming State Archives
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Newspapers

Newspapers have been published in Wyoming since 1867. They can offer a wonderful snapshot of daily life in the state and enhance most research projects. Find out how national news affected local communities, get the scoop on social events, read obituaries and see what life was like across the state at any given time in Wyoming’s history. The Wyoming State Archives houses the largest, most complete collection of Wyoming newspapers in existence from 1867 to the present.

Newspaper Digitization Project
Browse through newspapers published across the state prior to 1923 or search the text for events, people and more.

Microfilm Archives Research and Security System (MARSS)
Search for a particular newspaper in our microfilm database

Search for a particular newspaper in our microfilm database We do not loan out our film, but the University of Wyoming does have a set of the newspaper microfilm available for research across the country through Inter Library Loan. Contact the Inter Library Loan desk at your local library for more information.

Why microfilm newspapers?

While the information contained in newspapers is a wonderful resource, the papers themselves were never meant to last for longer than it took to read them. To keep printing costs down, they are printed on very cheap, acidic paper that becomes yellow and brittle when exposed to light and air. They become very fragile and cannot stand much handling. So what’s an archive to do?

Our solution is to microfilm the newspapers and discard the original papers. Properly stored microfilm can last much longer than paper, takes up much less space, and can survive excessive handling and viewing.

But there are some things microfilm is not good at. One of those is reproducing the gray shades in photographs in the papers. This is why the newspaper photographs usually appear very dark and hard to see.

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