Historic State Capital News to be Available Online



News from Illinois' capital — before it was even the capital — will be searchable online.

Springfield's public library, Lincoln Library, announced Wednesday the acquisition of a $250,000 historical digital newspaper archive.

It will allow access to the city's newspaper — the State Journal-Register — and its predecessors, from 1831 to 1950.

The money was made available mostly by a gift from the estate of former reference librarian Lucille Fritz.

The library already has State Journal-Register archives from 1985 forward. News from 1831 to 1922 has been digitized and the last three decades will become available during 2014.

Officials are seeking money to fill the gap from 1950 to 1985.

Springfield became Illinois' capital city in 1839.

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