The Evanston History Center is excited to announce that a portion of its Historic Newspaper Collection is now online through HathiTrust digital library. The newspapers that are now available date from 1872-1922 and are from three separate newspapers published during those years: the Evanston Index (June 6, 1872 to December 19, 1914), the Evanston Daily News (April 1, 1912 to December 31, 1914), and the Evanston News-Index (January 1, 1915 to December 30, 1922).

The online collection consists of digitized and edited images from the microfilm collection of Evanston newspapers at EHC. The EHC newspaper collection includes later images (both in hard copy and microfilm), but only issues from before 1923 were digitized to avoid any copyright restrictions. Though searchable, users should be aware that search capability is reduced due to the condition of the original newspapers and the microfilm images.

This digitization project was completed during the summers of 2015-2017 by graduate students of Northwestern University (NU) and was sponsored by the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at NU. Project collaborators were: the Evanston History Center, the Northwestern University Library, and the History Department at Northwestern University. Substantial technical assistance was provided by the NU library and its staff, with special thanks to Peter Burtch and Josh Honn. NU graduate students who managed the project’s work were Sam Kling (who initiated the project), Bonnie Ernst, and Beth Healey.

For more information, contact the EHC Archivist at glehner@evanstonhistorycenter.org.