Utah Digital Newspapers Reaches 2 Million Pages

How would you like to purchase a 40 quart swing top waste bin that holds a standard shopping bag for $2.99? Or a 64 oz Libby Pitcher Decanter for $1.19? Well, if it were April 1975 again and you were shopping at the Art City Pharmacy in Springville, UT, those are some of the deals that you would be able to get.

The 2 millionth page ended up being an advertisement from the Springville Herald from April 3, 1975 listing prices from the Art City Pharmacy.

On Friday, June 2, 2017, the Utah Digital Newspapers program was excited to add its 2 millionth digitized newspaper page. The lucky page that was number 2,000,000 was from an advertisement in the Springville Herald from April 3, 1975 for the Art City Pharmacy.

The Utah Digital Newspapers (UDN) program began in 2002 with funding from a Library Services and Technology (LSTA) grant to digitize approximately 30,000 pages from three newspapers. As the program evolved over the next several years, which included grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as well as private funding from many institutions and donors, UDN reached 1 million pages in 2010. With the many current projects that are in the pipeline for UDN, our numbers will continue growing. It took eight years to reach the first million pages, seven more years to reach the second million, and we expect the third million pages to be completed within the next two years!

“We are very excited to have reached 2 million pages in the Utah Digital Newspapers. The Marriott Library is proud to host UDN which is one of the largest and longest running statewide repositories for digital newspapers. We have several new projects for UDN in the works, so keep watching for new content being continuously added to help us reach our next big milestone in the near future!”

– Jeremy Myntti, Head, Digital Library Services, Marriott Library

The digitization of the Springville Herald was made possible through grants from the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Bureau (USHRAB), the Springville Arts Commission, and the Springville Historical Society. In addition to the project for the Springville Herald, we are also currently adding more content in UDN for the Daily Herald, Park Record, Pleasant Grove Review, Vernal Express, Orem Geneva Times, Hilltop Times, American Fork Citizen, and the Utah Nippo.

“Tawnya Keller, Jerry Kilmer, Jeremy Myntti, and Cathay Ericson pose with a 1986 issue of the Park Record, one of the titles that has been digitized for the Utah Digital Newspapers.”

About the Utah Digital Newspapers

The Utah Digital Newspapers (UDN) program, founded by the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, has been operating since 2002 and is recognized as one of the leaders in newspaper digitization in the United States, especially within the public sector. We have continued to partner with universities, colleges, state agencies, county and city libraries, and other agencies to digitize, deliver, and archive historical newspaper collections. What started as a digital program to digitize 30 years of 3 weekly newspapers (around 30,000 pages), has now grown into a sizable collection. It has over 2.02 million pages, over 22.1 million articles and over 135 newspaper titles.

2 Comments
  • Daryl Tucker
    Posted at 22:00h, 06 June Reply

    This has been a fabulous collaboration for us and is a wonderful resource for anyone doing historical research. Several years ago we were trying to figure out how we could get our collection of Springville Herald newspapers digitized as a way of making sure they would be preserved for future generations. Due to the then current costs, we didn’t know how it would be possible. Then we were contacted by an employee at our public library who had received grant money to launch the effort. That was our first experience with UDN and in subsequent years we have been able to acquire additional grants from USHRAB, the Springville Arts Commission and money raised by our own historical society to complete our goal many years ahead of schedule. Many thanks to Jeremy Myntti, Kinza Masood and all the others at the University of Utah Marriott Library for helping to make this happen!

    Daryl Tucker, President Springville Historical Society

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