Donate to Help Put More Historic Colorado Newspapers Online
Newspapers are one of the most versatile and heavily used sources of information for researchers, genealogists, students and the general public. Feature stories, society news, classified and picture advertisements, school and church announcements, news from surrounding towns, editorials and cartoons, all give the reader the sense of “being there.” Often the papers contain historical information that is not available in any other source.
The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) was created using federal grant funds from the Institute for Museums and Library Services and the Library Services and Technology Act, but now continues to grow through contributions from individual libraries, museums, and other organizations. Together, these institutions have supported the digitization of over 780,000 additional pages. But there is still much more to do. You can help make these important resources available online by donating to CHNC.
Help Us Begin the Preservation Now
If you have found the CHNC to be useful, we hope that you will consider making a tax deductible contribution to provide general support for the resource. Your donation will support the CHNC’s mission to get all of Colorado’s earliest newspapers online. There are more than 2 million pages from over 200 Colorado newspapers available for digitization through 1922.
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You can make a general donation to CHNC and we will put the funding towards our ongoing digitization projects.Your donation will be processed by PayPal
Adopt a Paper!
Can’t find your community’s historical news in CHNC? Currently the CHNC does not hold any titles in the following counties: Broomfield, Costilla, Dolores, Jackson, and Rio Blanco.
This county history needs your support. For information on the titles available for each of these counties please contact Leigh Jeremias. If you have a particular paper you would like to see in CHNC and do not see it in our adoption list below please contact CHNC staff. We can research the title, find availability and give you details on what is needed to add the paper to the database. Adopting a newspaper is a unique way to get involved with the CHNC. You can help provide the funding needed to continue to grow our collection in ways that support your local history.
Papers that Need Your Support
The Denver VOICE
Originally founded in 1996, the Denver VOICE started as a grassroots newspaper created by homeless people for homeless people. During its ten year run, the paper went through numerous transformations and reincarnations, temporarily ceasing publication in 2006.
In December 2006 Denver businessman and philanthropist Rick Barnes, resurrected the Denver VOICE. Inspired by the International Network of Street Papers, he hired a team of professional journalists to create a new Denver VOICE. The first issue of the new paper was published in August 2007, and it has been publishing monthly ever since.
The Denver VOICE has the mission to facilitate a dialogue addressing the roots of homelessness by telling stories of people whose lives are impacted by poverty and homelessness and to offer economic, educational, and empowerment opportunities for the impoverished community. Learn more about the Denver VOICE at their web site.
The Denver VOICE is an award-winning publication, a member of the International Network of Street Papers and the Colorado Press Association. The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection is excited and honored to be adding the Denver VOICE to the online collection.
Support the Digitization of the Denver VOICE and Give Voice to this Unique Resource.
Donations So Far
- $3,000 needed0% Complete
Founded in 1976 by Phil Price, Out Front is the nations’s second oldest queer media company. They are dedicated to providing news and featured content to and about LGBTQ folks both in Colorado and worldwide. The mission of Out Front was stated in the first ever issue: “Out Front will cater to the needs and desires of gays in the area and will feature articles, thought provoking editorial, the latest news and exciting photography.” Price passed away in 1993, and left the company in the hands of Jay Klein and Greg Montoya who carried on his vision until 2012. In late January, Colorado native Jerry Cunningham and his partner JC McDonald acquired Out Front and its parent company Q Publishing.
To this day, Out Front remains one of the nation’s oldest continuously running independently owned and operated LGBTQ publications. The Out Front team are proud of the journalistic integrity and fortitude that has allowed them to bring a quality product to readers every two weeks for more than three decades. They take seriously their commitment to provide information, be a forum for communication and give back to their community through various avenues.
Help us bring Out Front to the Colorado Historical Newspaper Collection and share it with the rest of Colorado and the world.
Donations So Far
- $38,500 needed0% Complete
Broomfield, Costilla, Dolores, Jackson, and Rio Blanco. This county history needs your support. For information on the titles available for each of these counties please contact Leigh Jeremias.
Colorado’s Ghost Town newspapers
Colorado is an example of a classic boom bust state. According to some sources – there are over 1,500 ghost towns within our borders. Towns went bust for many reasons, including the closing of mines, introduction of the railroad, depopulation of rural farming areas, and changes in fortune . Some of the towns that popped up lasted a decade or two, some a few years – and many – less than that. Those that were able to establish themselves were often endeavored to produce a newspaper to keep their inhabitants informed and included in what was going on in their area and the larger world, but also to record their history for generations to come. Many of the known papers from these towns are presumed lost, but there are some that do still exist in microfilm, and need a champion to bring their stories to the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection.
The following ghost towns have newspapers on microfilm at History Colorado that are available for digitization.
- Tin Cup (Gunnison County): Tin Cup Record – The paper was published between May 14, 1881-July 22, 1882.
- Vulcan (Gunnison County): Vulcan Times – The paper was published from January 1900 – 1901.
- Animas Forks (San Juan County): Animas Forks Pioneer – Published June 17, 1882 – October 2, 1886
For more information about any of these titles, contact Leigh Jeremias.
If you have a particular paper you would like to see in CHNC and do not see it in our adoption list please contact CHNC staff. We can research the title, find availability and give you details on what is needed to add the paper to the database. Adopting a newspaper is a unique way to get involved with the CHNC. You can help provide the funding needed to continue to grow our collection in ways that support your local history.
Host a Presentation
We would also be delighted to visit your community to provide free presentations to interested groups upon request. If you are interested in a free presentation or want more information on financially supporting the digitization of your community’s newspapers, including cost estimates, please contact Leigh Jeremias at the Colorado State Library: firstname.lastname@example.org or 720.483.4261.