MI Digital Newspaper
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Vote as many times as you like - between April 1-15
Peter White Public Library has entered a grant contest made possible by the Robert and Susan Clarke Endowment through Central Michigan University.  Funding to digitize up to 12,500 pages of a Michigan newspaper is being awarded to the winner of an online vote.  31 newspapers were nominated, and five finalists were chosen by the Clarke Historical Library.  We nominated a portion of 19th century Marquette Mining Journals, 1868-88. You may vote more than once, and the voting runs April 1 - 15.

If selected, this piece of UP history would be available online for the first time ever.  Once the Mining Journal is digitized, the scans will go through a process which makes the words recognizable as text and are  searchable.  A copy would be accessible through the Clarke Historical Library and the Library of Congress for their Chronicling America - National Digital Newspaper Program at http://www.loc.gov/ndnp.
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See official press release (below) for more digitization information.

Michigan Digital Newspaper Grant Finalists Named 
 Mount Pleasant, MI - March 18, 2014

Vote for Your Local Library to Win!

One of the following five cities will have their chosen newspaper digitized
and placed online through the Clarke Library’s Michigan Digital Newspaper Grant
Program.  The winning city's paper will be available on The Michigan Digital
Newspaper Portal at

The finalists are:     

          Cheboygan (Cheboygan Democrat, 1880-1927)

          Grand Rapids (The Grand Rapids Herald, 1916-18)

          Lansing (Lansing State Republican, 1859-66)

          Marquette (Mining Journal, 1968-98)

          Muskegon (News and Reporter, 1870-99)
                   (Muskegon Record & Muskegon Daily Record, 1901-04)

You, the voters, get to decide which community will get their papers digitized
and placed online. Cast your vote between April 1—April 15 at
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The voting site will include a description written by the paper’s nominator and reasons
the nominator believes it should be digitized. Read excerpts from the nominations below.
To view full applications, visit
digmichnews.wufoo.com on or after April 1.  

In total, 31 nominations were received, demonstrating the widespread need to make historic Michigan newspapers available online. Funding for this program is made possible through the Robert and Susan Clarke Endowment, found in Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library. To see our newspapers online, visit condor.cmich.edu.

Library Application Highlights 

The Cheboygan Area Public Library, who nominated Cheboygan Democrat (Mar. 1880-Dec.1927):

For many immigrant groups to this area from places such as Quebec, the Northeast, and places like Sweden, France, Poland, and Germany these newspapers provided a solid link for those for those in the present to connect with their past. Those of Native American heritage will also find valuable information in their pages.  What is more, these newspapers provide what is essentially the only reliable source of information about Duncan City, a lumbering community of over 500 people that was once the seat of Cheboygan County. This town had the largest lumber mill north of Bay City; today, there is almost no trace that this community ever existed.  

The Grand Rapids Public Library, who nominated The Grand Rapids Herald (1916-18):

The special features or unique aspects of The Grand Rapids Herald are many. First, future Senator Arthur Vandenberg was the Editor in Chief of the Grand Rapids Herald from 1916-1918. Second, the Grand Rapids Herald was one of the two primary newspapers of the city of Grand Rapids. Third, the Grand Rapids Herald was the Society newspaper of Grand Rapids. Fourth, from 1916 to 1918 Grand Rapids saw the emergence of several important political figures who were to figure prominently in city, state and national politics. Finally, during this time period Grand Rapids was to see its very political structure change. It is these features and aspects that are unique to the Grand Rapids Herald.

The Capital Area District Libraries of Lansing, who nominated the Lansing State Republican
(Jan. 1859 – Sept. 1866):
     The Lansing State Republican reflected the views of the Republican Party just prior
     to and during the Civil War.  The editors and owners made their views on slavery and
     the abolition movement very clear in this capital city newspaper and these views were
     then carried throughout the state.

Marquette’s Peter White Public Library, who nominated the Mining Journal, published in
Marquette (Nov. 1868 to approx.1888):

We believe that people have an interest in the industrial age of our country. Iron mining, copper mining, and timber harvesting are a part of this history. There is a resurgence of mining in the north-central Upper Peninsula. As a country, we seem to be keenly interested in regaining some of our lost industrial might. In addition to the human side, and the local history aspect, the stories found in historic Mining Journal issues are an excellent resource to tie the past into our present and future ambitions.

The Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, who nominated the News and Reporter (1870-99)
and the Muskegon Record and Muskegon Daily Record  (1901-04):

Muskegon County has a unique and rich history in its demographics, labor migration, industrialization, logging, nautical activity and transportation. As the only Michigan deep water port on Lake Michigan and as the largest coastal city, Muskegon was very important in the development of the west side of the slate from the 1850s until after World War II.


Clarke Historical Library

Frank Boles, Director

(989) 774-3352