Vicki’s note – Update from WI Libraries for Everyone – this is one of the major databases that we use for searching for (non-Beloit) historic newspapers at the Beloit Public Library. I use it a lot for my own research for my family, and for others.
It is still available for free on our Homepage, through Badgerlink in Wisconsin. Other States have different ways to access it, as each state chooses whether to pay for access (to this and other databases) for their citizens.
The only thing I found for Illinois so far is this:
The Illinois History –Digital Imaging grants expand access to electronic collections through the Illinois Digital Archives database maintained by the Illinois State Library (thru Jesse White, the Secretary of State. To view the collections and other historical artifacts, visit the Illinois Digital Archives website at http://idaillinois.org/.
We will just have to get used to using it a different way. If you have not used historic newspapers in your family sleuthing, I recommend that you try this out. I will be using it again soon to see how the new method works.
Posted: 21 Jul 2017 09:11 AM PDT
Friday, July 21, 2017
After September 30, 2017, in Access NewspaperARCHIVE, you will no longer be able to view an article as a PDF. But don’t worry, you will still be able to download newspaper pages as PDFs.
The PDF viewer is being discontinued because PDF images are much larger than the JPEGs, taking a considerable amount of time to download and also putting a massive load on Access NewspaperARCHIVE’s servers. Additionally, Adobe Viewer is a third party platform which means Access NewspaperARCHIVE has no control over how the end product is displayed to the user.
After the transition away from the PDF Viewer, you will still be able to download in 2 easy steps.
1. Click on the envelope in the toolbar.
2. Select Save as PDF.