Monday, January 31, 2011

Online Hint : Access to Gobles Newspapers

Most of Southwest Michigan's newspapers, with the exception of select issues of the Benton Harbor and Kalamazoo newspapers, are not yet available online.  These two dailies are available by subscription through and

Another lesser-known exception are select years of the Gobles News weekly newspaper, published in Gobles, Michigan.  Through a digitization grant, in 2005 the Van Buren District Library (VBDL) digitized the complete years of 1925-1929, 1931-1932.  The images may be browsed at The Making of Modern Michigan (MMM) website.  The online pages are not text searchable, but the Local History department is working at making them searchable in-house.  Each online image was scanned at a high resolution allowing zoom, and they may be printed or saved to a computer or portable device. 

The Gobles News began publication in 1889 and was in almost continuous publication until 1979, under varying names.  VBDL has a complete microfilm collection for 1905-1979, and the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society owns the surviving hard copies.   Both groups are seeking "missing" unfilmed issues of Gobles newspapers.  Anyone with knowledge of these may contact the Local History department.
is a collaborative project involving 52 Michigan libraries. It includes local history materials from communities around the state, over 4,500 different subjects of photographs, family papers, oral histories, genealogical materials, and more.