It’s really happening!

Provo's historic newspapers
are now being added to
Utah Digital Newspapers!

One of the most valuable ways to bring Utah’s local history to life is to preserve its historic local newspapers, then make them easily accessible to everyone.

The Utah Digital Newspapers program and website is doing just that. The older the Utah newspaper, the more likely it is that they can find the funds to digitize it.

They gather, film, index and make those newspapers searchable online, making it possible for people all over the country to find key family information, and do other local historical research -- all without charge to on-line readers!


There is a Chinese saying, “The weakest ink is better than the strongest memory.” Utah Digital Newspapers turns up wonderful, often surprising, insights into families and cities by making Utah's historic printed newspapers available as digitized, searchable documents.

Suddenly in 2017, the Utah Digital Newspapers collection includes six wonderful Provo newspapers!
First, the Territorial Enquirer, (Provo) for the years 1881–1887.

Second, Utah Enquirer (Provo) for the years 1888-1890.

Third, the Provo Daily Enquirer, for the years 1881–1897.

Fourth, The Evening Herald (Provo): 1930-1939

Fifth, The Sunday Herald (Provo): 1930-1950.

Sixth, The Daily Herald (Provo): 1939-1950.
(Of almost no value are two small local political papers, first, the Evening Dispatch, appearing during a few of the same years, between 1891 and 1895; and second, the Utah County Democrat, initiated in 1898 and disappeared in 1908.)

Key Provo newspapers remain to be added for 32 years from 1898 to 1929, and for 20 years from 1951 to at least 1970.

This is a vast improvement, and we are grateful to all of the people who made this possible through Utah Digital Newspapers.

I wrote to the people at Utah Digital Newspapers to thank them. I received this note in reply:

Hi Larry,

Thanks for this great feedback! We were excited to add about a 20-year span from the Daily Herald, Sunday Herald, and Evening Herald into UDN recently, thanks to a grant awarded from the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts to Utah Valley University's Fulton Library.

If you have contacts to help gather more funding for adding more of this Utah County content, feel free to let us know.

It looks like we have microfilm from 1912-2017 of the Daily Herald, so there is a lot more work that could be done if there was the funding to support it.
[May 25, 2018]: On another note, we signed a contract with yesterday to work on more of the Daily Herald to make it accessible in Utah Digital Newspapers. We should be taking all of the microfilm for this title from 1930-2009 to Ancestry for digitization sometime in June and then by the end of the year, we will begin adding that content into UDN. It will be great to have more of a complete run of this title freely available online!
Also one thing to note, John Herbert no longer works for the University of Utah on the Utah Digital Newspapers project.

I noticed on your website that you have his email address for people to send feedback to. You can update that contact info to my email in case anyone has any feedback that they would like to submit.

Jeremy Myntti
Head of Digital Library Services
J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
(801) 585-9537

You can add your voice of gratitude by emailing a thank-you note to Jeremy Myntti, Head of Digital Library Services.

And please, everyone, consider donating funds to Utah Digital Newspapers, and keep encouraging them to fill in the gaps in Provo's newspaper history!

--Larry Christensen '66

Brigham Young Academy & High School Sports History
BYH Sports History
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