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An easy way to find newspaper history

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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Google it. That's often the first response from a confused or curious person seeking knowledge on a specific subject.

Sometimes that works. Often, it doesn't.

The latter's the case when it comes to newspapers of yesteryear. Luckily, Shelton-Mason County Journal readers have options to find old newspaper archives online.

The Washington State Library, which is part of the state Office of the Secretary of State, has quietly been bolstering its digital collection of Washington newspapers. The archive — available online at newspapers. — now includes nearly 50 newspapers, including more than 300,000 newspaper pages. The site has newspapers from Aberdeen to Yakima (both are Heralds). Many go back to the 1800s.

It even has old issues from the Journal dating back to 1889, although it only includes issues up to 1901.

We're glad to see the state Secretary of State keeping our archive alive. The service is similar to what is available online using Shelton-based, which provides scanned and searchable archives of newspapers around the country. Providing old newspaper archives for free on the web makes learning about our history easy. No longer do residents have to search through endless rolls of microfilm or microfiche, or spend time sifting through old books at our libraries (although we still think both are fun in their own right).

If you're not familiar with either service, give them a try. We think you'll like what you see — and read.

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Original Publication Date: July 21, 2016

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