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New titles added to NYS Historic Newspapers website

According to “The Daily Star” website, 12 years of the Catskill Mountain News and more than 50 years of the Roxbury Times were recently added to the New York State Historic Newspapers website.

“The Roxbury Times had been on microfilm and available to read at the Roxbury Library,” Diane Galusha, president of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, said. “People like to be able to search for what they are looking for and microfilm doesn’t allow that.”

The original Roxbury Times newspapers, from Sept. 19, 1895 through June 16, 1951, were transferred to microfilm in 1967 and up until now have only been available at the Roxbury Library.

The Catskill Mountain News, from 1902 through 1973, (except for 1968) had been previously digitized and now issues from 1974 through 1985 have been placed on microfilm and digitized. The bound issues are available to read at the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville.

As luck would have it,  a woman in Margaretville was cleaning out her attic and found a whole box of newspapers. In the box was almost a complete set of the issues from 1968. Those papers will be digitized in 2024 and added to the site.

In addition, according to “The Wellville Sun” website, issues of five historic Allegany County newspapers covering Friendship, New York are now freely available online, including the Allegany County Republican, Friendship Chronicle, Friendship Register, Friendship Weekly Register, and Friendship Volunteer.

The Friendship Free Library digitized 29 reels of microfilmed newspapers from Friendship, New York. The digitized newspapers have been also recently been added to the New York State Historic Newspapers database.

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