The original microfilming in 1987 began with January 1, 1875 and ended with April 19, 1983. Although the collection was fairly complete, there were gaps or missing issues. Those missing that have been identified include:
February 20, March 6 & 27, September 25 (1875)
Sep 19 – Nov 28 (1879)
May 18 & 25, June 1 (1883)
July 23, December 30 (1886)
January 7, 1887
April 27, 1888
March 15-29, 1889
June 20, October 10 (1890)
October 4, 1895
June 30, 1899
January 5 & 12, May 25, August 10, all of October,
November 9 thru December 28 (1900)
January 11, February 8, March 1 thru 15 (1901)
May 1, September 11, October 9 (1903)
January 1, December 30 (1904)
September 22, 1905
January 26, March 16, May 4, June 1, August 31, November 16 (1906)
December 18, 1908
February, all; March 4, 18 & 25 (1910)
Jan 17 thru March 2, June 13 & 27, August 8 (1913)
May 15, 22 & 29, September 25 (1914)
February 12, June 25, July 9 (1915)
November 30, 1917
October 14, December 30 (1920)
June 21, 1928
January 2, 1941
1943 - entire year
July 5, 1945
January 1, 1948
1955 - entire year
August 3, 1966
January 1, 1969
January 31, 1978
January 16, 1979
January 1, 1980
For the purpose of the current digitization project, we are attempting to use as many original papers as possible, versus microfilm images. There are some for which we've located part years, but not all of them. Those years that still need to be located in their entirety include 1956 thru 1959 and 1961 thru 1980.
Many of the earlier issues that we have located are in poor condition, too poor to be scanned without some prep work. According to the technical department, some issues will either need to be "pieced" together using archival tape, or pages may need to be placed inside a protective film cover. In either case, the cost for having this done will be considerable, so we will be depending on volunteers to help with this step.
The question about whether or not the digital images of the Bangor newspaper will go online for search, view & download depends almost entirely on cost. At a minimum, the images will be available at the Decatur and Bangor branches of the Van Buren District Library. Launching onto an online environment incurs costs for the initial upload and ongoing maintenance.
How can you help?
- Report to us any knowledge of "missing" issues (or partial issues) as listed above so that we may make arrangements to borrow them long enough for digitization
- Sign up to become a volunteer to assist with preparation of the newspapers for scanning
- Make a monetary donation toward the digitization process, or perhaps toward online launch costs
Those of us who have spent hours in front of a microfilm reader cranking away, squinting our eyes trying to read nearly illegible text...or if you live no where near Michigan and have had no way to access the papers at all...or try to research the history of a business spanning 60 years without reading through multiple reels of microfilm...you get the picture.
For more information about the Bangor newspaper digitization project, or to make a donation of your time or a monetary gift, please contact the library by e-mail or call us at (269)423-4771. Thank you.
Nameless Picture of the Day
Graduating Class, Woodward School, Kalamazoo, 1945
Can you identify any or all of the students in this group photo from Woodward School? This was a beautiful photo acquired from a yard sale. Please contact us if you have any information and we will publish it in a future blog.