Gives Online Access to Historical Papers


The year is 1882. Subscribers open the Fort Collins Daily Evening Courier on June 19 to learn more about local hailstorms, a cyclone in Iowa, a march from Mexico, and a broken ankle from a street car.

Step back in time to explore daily life with Library Edition. This extensive database provides online access to more than 4,000 historical newspapers, from the early 1700s to the 2000s.

“From the New York Times to the Denver Post, this resource contains digital scans of both regional and national newspapers,” said Jennifer Bradley, Adult Programming & Collections Librarian. has a powerful search engine that makes it easy to find articles using keywords, dates, and geographic locations. Entire pages or clippings can be saved or printed for your records, as well as linked directly to your Ancestry account.

“You can link clippings from — like obituaries, wedding announcements, and important events — into profiles created in Ancestry,” Bradley shared.

This new database was added to our collection at the beginning of the year, which complements other library resources (see sidebar), providing an extensive collection for genealogy and history research projects. And, it helps foster an understanding of our world, past and present. will help schools educate their students about important historical events,” Bradley shared. “We are constantly looking for new ways to help our patrons explore their curiosity about their local communities and the world at large.”

Note: When accessing the site, enter your library card number when prompted for the “barcode.” Pair with our other history and genealogy resources.

Ancestry - The world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource. Ancestry is available for temporary at home use. Please use the form here to request access.

History Reference Center - A comprehensive full-text history reference database designed for schools.