2017: Year in Review

We had a lot of changes in 2017!  

  • The Historic Oregon Newspapers website underwent a system migration and design update. New features include an “On This Day in History” homepage showcase, an updated map and locations list, a calendar that allows users to browse by date, and an improved look-and-feel to the website. For more information on making the best of these new features, check out the new guide for using the updated website. 
  • We created a fundraising guide to assist users who want to fund digitization of newspapers. The guide has resources, strategies, and grant writing best practices. 
  • Over 71,000 pages were added this year! 
  • We’ve featured stories on our blog from users of the website and shared their research and publications that feature ODNP newspapers. Recently, we added research from UO graduate student Jessica Sokolowski about her use of the newspapers for understanding the public reception of tax reform.  

2018 will bring more exciting additions for Historic Oregon Newspapers! Some things to look forward to include a genealogy research guide and continued improvement to the interface and usability of the website.  

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for content you would like to see this year! 

Thank you for supporting the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program! 

– Carolina and Sarah 

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Guest Blog Post: The Timeless Search for an Equitable System of Taxation

Guest blog post by University of Oregon School of Planning, Public Policy and Management graduate student Jes Sokolowski:

For the last few semesters I have been assisting a professor with a research project on inequality and taxes. Most of my involvement with this project has been with data collection— analyzing tax forms to uncover charitable giving information, and eventually extrapolating enough information to design visuals.

During the project, our team would occasionally talk about the rhetoric involved with a partisan issue, such as taxes. These thoughts on taxes, inequality, and rhetoric, lead me to ask the question “I wonder how tax talk has transformed over time”? Shortly after I posed this question, the new Historic Oregon Newspapers website was released, and historic newspapers seemed like the perfect place to search to discover how tax talk had evolved over the years. Not only would Historic Oregon Newspapers allow me to learn more about the history of taxes in Oregon, but it would allow me to search for tax-related keywords and phrases.

Thus, I proceeded to search through Oregon Digital Newspapers using terms such as “taxation”, “tax policy”, and “tax reform”. This was an exciting search process! I had never read about early 20th century tax reform before this Digital Newspaper search, so it was particularly exciting to read early opinion articles, editorials, and local advertisements either for or against a tax measure. Fun fact: it was common for the list of local tax evaders to be published on the front page of the newspaper— that way everyone knew who wasn’t paying their fair share.

The most important find for my newspaper search project, showed up in the January 24th, 1909 Sunday Oregonian. From this newspaper, it was clear that, for more than 100 years, there has been concern with issues of inequality and taxes in Oregon. The article, titled Procedure for Tax Reform in Oregon, was written by F.G. Young, Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University of Oregon. According to Young, “An equitable system of taxation is necessary not only for social health and mutual good will, but also for internal peace and general prosperity.” Young’s call for equitable taxes is as timeless as his comment on tax evasion: “Classes or interests, who under existing practices are escaping their rightful share of the public burdens, see to it that all the confusion possible is created…”.

Thanks to the Historic Oregon Newspapers website, I began to better understand the history of taxes, and Oregonian’s attitudes towards taxation. Though the people discussing taxes change, people’s polarizing views and writing on taxes seem to be ageless.

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New Content from Polk County!

The Dallas Itemizer. (Dallas, OR.) February 26, 1876. Page 1.

Oregon Historic Newspapers has recently been able to add new content from Dallas, OR! This project was made possible, in part, by funding from the Polk County Cultural Coalition. The added issues come from The Dallas Itemizer and the The Polk County Itemizer and cover a period of the paper’s publications from 1876 to 1903.

Polk County Itemizer. (Dallas, OR.) October 10, 1902. Page 1. https://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn94049693/1902-10-10/ed-1/seq-1/

The Dallas Itemizer was a predecessor to The Polk County Itemizer, changing its name to the latter in 1879 by publisher George E. Good. Our newly added time-span was a formative period for The Itemizer, and the paper underwent an incredible amount of changes in ownership. From 1876 to 1903, a total of 10 different individuals each had a turn as publisher!

One publisher, W. A. Wash, who took over the paper in June 1888 was considered to be quite the ‘interesting’ editor. Wash didn’t utilize much space for set editorials and instead dispensed his own moralistic opinions throughout the paper at will. These examples are taken from just one issue on December 15, 1893.

Polk County Itemizer. (Dallas, OR.) December 15, 1893, page 3. https://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn94049693/1893-12-15/ed-1/seq-3/

Polk County Itemizer. (Dallas, OR.) December 15, 1893, page 3. https://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn94049693/1893-12-15/ed-1/seq-3/

Polk County Itemizer. (Dallas, OR.) December 15, 1893, page 3. https://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn94049693/1893-12-15/ed-1/seq-3/

Polk County Itemizer. (Dallas, OR.) December 15, 1893, page 3. https://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn94049693/1893-12-15/ed-1/seq-3/

To see more of the The Dallas Itemizer or The Polk County Itemizer, feel free to browse the span of issues we have digitized on our website. These titles, as with all our historic newspapers, can be browsed and searched by keyword thanks to optical character recognition (OCR). In addition, content can be downloaded as a PDF or JPEG file and saved for future reference or research purposes. All of these services are free and open to the public, so don’t wait and take a look at Oregon’s historic newspapers today!

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Historic Oregon newspapers are source material in recent publication

Scott Stursa, author of the recently published book Distilled in Oregon, shares his interests and processes for researching with local historic resources, including Historic Oregon Newspapers online!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you tell us a little about your publication and yourself?

Distilled in Oregon  details the history of spirits distillation in the state, beginning with the “Blue Ruin” being manufactured by fur traders during the 1830s and 1840s. It traces the development of commercial distilling during the nineteenth century as well as the prohibition movement that ended alcohol production in 1916. The Prohibition period was rife with moonshining, and the operations of a couple of practitioners is described. A history of Hood River Distillers (opened 1934) is followed by one of Clear Creek Distillery (1985). The final portion of the book covers the rise of the craft distilling movement in Oregon, with a number of notable distilleries described in detail.

During a 40 year career in Information Technology, writing was a hobby until my retirement in early 2016. I’m now able to devote more time to it.

What interested you in this topic?

I’ve had an interest in gourmet food and drink since my late twenties (early 1980s) and the interest in craft distilling is a facet of that. After arriving in Oregon in 2007 I became acquainted with a local craft distiller and decided to write a book on the topic.

What resources did you use for your research?

The World Wide Web was instrumental in not only finding the content of primary source accounts (digitized books [both old and new], newspaper articles, online media reports, etc.), but also provided the names of out-of-print books (which I could find and buy via Amazon), and catalogs of the contents of historical archives. These last allowed me to visit historical archives (from Medford to Seattle to The Dalles) with a list of requested resources.

What did you use in Historic Oregon Newspapers online? How did you use the site and which newspaper titles were useful to you?

Old articles describing the construction, operation, and fate of various distilleries around the state, along with advertisements placed by distillers and liquor retailers. Google Advanced Search was used, restricting the domain to oregonnews.uoregon.edu and inputting various relevant keywords such as distillery, moonshine, whiskey, etc.* Probably the one most useful title was The Oregonian.

Where can we purchase/access your book?

It was available at a number of retail outlets around the state (ranging from Powells to Costco). Most of these have sold out, but it can be ordered from Amazon or from the publisher (Arcadia/History Press).

What’s your next project?

Currently working on a book about the history of wine making in Oregon.


Thank you for sharing, Scott! We are looking forward to your next publication.

*The Historic Oregon Newspapers website also features advanced search functionality!

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Forthcoming book about Coquille features ODNP newspapers!

Bert Dunn, an avid Oregon Digital Newspaper Program supporter and contributor, will soon publish a book on Coquille, Oregon that uses ODNP newspapers for source material. It will be published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their “Images of America” series, and it will feature about 200 pictures and captions, as well as chapter narratives.

Bert described his searches on Historic Oregon Newspapers and how he used the website:

“I have been using the UO site to search for information on early sawmills, creameries and other businesses and individuals related to Coquille’s past.”

“As I work to write for a book about my hometown of Coquille, I have found the UO Digital Newspaper website to be an essential tool. I am consistently finding new information that fills gaps in our stories. Not only am I able to search my hometown papers for historic content but many other papers in the state in the same search. The search tools are flexible and powerful. With the papers fully digitized, even ads are preserved offering additional information about business products and services.”

“I really appreciate this UO service.  [Above] is one example of an ad from the Coquille City Herald, June 17, 1884.”

Thank you, Bert, and we look forward to reading your book!

Do you have a publication or project that uses newspaper content from ODNP? Let us know and we will feature it!

 

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New Content from Nyssa, OR!

Nyssa Gate City Journal. (Nyssa, OR.) March 4, 1937, page 1. https://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn99063863/1937-03-04/ed-1/seq-1/

This summer, thanks to the generosity from the Friends of the Nyssa Library, Oregon Digital Newspaper Program was able to add new content from Nyssa, Oregon. This new content makes available the Nyssa Gate City Journal during an interesting time span we usually don’t see on the Historic Oregon Newspapers website, from 1937 to 1953!

This span of the Nyssa Gate City Journal covers life in Nyssa through the last of the Great Depression, WW2, and post-war American life. More locally specific, this selection chronicles the introduction of sugar beets to Nyssa’s agricultural economy, a crop that quickly became the foundation upon which the far eastern Oregon town came to survive on.

Nyssa Gate City Journal. (Nyssa, OR.) September 30, 1937, page 1. https://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn99063863/1937-09-30/ed-1/seq-1/

The start of our available issues of the Nyssa Gate City Journal could not be timelier for they coincide with the construction of the Amalgamated Sugar Company’s factory in Nyssa. The newspaper positioned itself as a promoter of the budding industry and began to push the people of Nyssa to grow sugar beets.

Nyssa Gate City Journal. (Nyssa, OR.) February 4, 1937, page 4. https://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn99063863/1937-02-04/ed-1/seq-4/

The Amalgamated Sugar Company did well in Nyssa; its factory remained operational until 2005. Perhaps it was due to solely the quality of the town’s surrounding land, but looking through the Nyssa Gate City Journal’s aggressive advertising campaign it seems that paper-based factors may have been equally at play.

To see more of the Nyssa Gate City Journal, feel free to browse the span of issues we have digitized on our website. This title, as with all our historic newspapers, can be browsed and searched by keyword thanks to optical character recognition (OCR). In addition, content can be downloaded as a PDF or JPEG file and saved for future reference or research purposes. All of these services are free and open to the public, so don’t wait and take a look at Oregon’s historic newspapers today!

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New website for Historic Oregon Newspapers!

Yesterday, the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program launched the new website for Historic Oregon Newspapers. Developed from the Open-ONI initiative, the new site has an updated look-and-feel that’s easier to navigate and more consistent with web presence of UO Libraries. It also has a “This Day in History” feature that showcases a different newspaper every day that corresponds with that day’s date. New functions include browsing by date with the Calendar and an improved Advanced Search. An updated Map, along with a Location list, allows for simplified title access by city. Along with the updated site, we have developed a fundraising how-to guide to assist the public with funding their newspaper digitization. Several digitization projects are underway. We are frequently adding new stories and updates to the blog, so check back regularly!

Screenshot of the new homepage.

Today, we are featured on the Digital Library Federation website as part of their Contribute Series!

Thank you to Jeremy Echols, Linda Sato, Duncan Barth, Azle Malinao-Alvarez, Tyler Stewart, and Holli Kubly for their hard work and contributions to the website!

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact us.

-Carolina and Sarah

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A Cure-All?

Oregon City Enterprise. (Oregon City, OR.) January 8, 1897, page 6. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn00063700/1897-01-08/ed-1/seq-6/

If you think direct-to-consumer prescription medication advertising is bad today, take a look at the historic newspapers we have digitized on the Oregon Historic Newspapers website! Likely, if you have taken the time to peruse just a few issues, you will have noticed an overabundance of strange medication advertisements.

Rogue River Courier. (Grants Pass, OR.) December 13, 1900, page 2. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088281/1900-12-13/ed-1/seq-2/

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, a lack of adequate medical care in combination with few government regulations resulted in a flurry of business called the patent medicine industry. These questionable concoctions promised lofty claims, and in large part helped fund Oregon’s early newspapers through their advertisements.

 

The Dalles Daily Chronicle. (The Dalles, OR.) January 15, 1901, page 2. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn85042448/1901-01-15/ed-1/

 

Merchants had little obligation to truthfully describe the contents and effectiveness of their products, creating tonics, pills, and syrups that often contained dangerous substances such as opium, morphine, cocaine, and alcohol. While consumers might have found temporary relief from these ingredients, patent medicines were an unfortunate cause of accidental overdose, intoxication and addiction.

 

The Eugene City Guard. (Eugene, OR.) January 26, 1889, page 8. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn84022653/1889-01-26/ed-1/

 

Next time you are on the Oregon Historic Newspapers website reading your favorite historic papers, take notice of the patent medicine advertisements on the side of the page; I’m sure you’ll find something that surprises you!

 

The New Age. (Portland, OR.) May 12, 1900, page 7. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83025107/1900-05-12/ed-1/seq-7/

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New paper from Newberg, OR!

Newberg Graphic. (Newberg, OR.) December 22, 1888, page 1. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088233/1888-12-22/ed-1/

We have recently been able to add a new paper to the Oregon Historic Newspapers website, this time coming from Newberg, OR! Thanks to the generosity of the Newberg Public Library, ODNP has been able to digitize a large span of the Newberg Graphic, one of the historic newspapers from Newberg dating back to 1888. The large span of the Graphic we now have available, from 1888 to 1922, records the growth and development of Newberg and interestingly, small snippets from the early life of our 31st United States President Herbert Hoover.

In 1885, Herbert (Bert) Hoover moved to Newberg, OR at age 9 after both his parents passed away. Though Hoover moved to Salem to work with his uncle at age 13, he continued to visit his friends and family in Newberg and thus remained a figure in the local news section of the Graphic. These entirely commonplace mentions offer insight into the young president when he was still regarded as a regular small town Oregon boy.

Newberg Graphic. (Newberg, OR.) December 29, 1888, page 3. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088233/1888-12-29/ed-1/seq-3/

Newberg Graphic. (Newberg, OR.) February 16, 1889, page 3. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088233/1889-02-16/ed-1/seq-3/

To see more of the Newberg Graphic, feel free to browse the large span of issues we have digitized on our website. This title, as with all our historic newspapers, can be browsed and searched by keyword thanks to optical character recognition (OCR). In addition, content can be downloaded as a PDF or JPEG file and saved for future reference or research purposes. All of these services are free and open to the public, so don’t wait and take a look at Oregon’s historic newspapers today!

Newberg Graphic. (Newberg, OR.) March 30, 1889, page 3. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088233/1889-03-30/ed-1/seq-3/

Newberg Graphic. (Newberg, OR.) July 13, 1889, page 3. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088233/1889-07-13/ed-1/seq-3/

Newberg Graphic. (Newberg, OR.) June 14, 1890, page 3. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088233/1890-06-14/ed-1/seq-3/

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New Content from Cottage Grove, OR

Cottage Grove Sentinel. (Cottage Grove, OR.) September 22, 1911, image 1. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088073/1911-09-22/ed-1/seq-1/

Thanks to the generosity of the Cottage Grove Historical Museum, we have recently been able to expand upon our available issues of the Cottage Grove Sentinel! This new content added to the Oregon Historic Newspapers website covers the early years of the Sentinel, a wonderful addition to the current issues we already have digitized. The new issues span from 1909 to 1918, and showcase the aspirational personality of one of Oregon’s most famous editors, Elbert Bede.

Quoted by Oregon’s historic newspaper expert George S. Turnbull, Elbert Bede was “the one man who spent the most time, did the most work, [and] became the best known as the Cottage Grove Editor.” (Turnbull, 269) Bede’s entrepreneurial spirit is evident throughout the newly added historic issues of the Cottage Grove Sentinel, especially in articles like the ones below which were published shortly after Bede took ownership of the paper.

Cottage Grove Sentinel. (Cottage Grove, OR.) October 20, 1911, image 1. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088073/1911-10-20/ed-1/seq-1/

 

Cottage Grove Sentinel. (Cottage Grove, OR.) November 24, 1911, image 1. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96088073/1911-11-24/ed-1/seq-1/

If you want to learn more about the Cottage Grove Sentinel, Elbert Bede, or historic newspapers in general check out our collection of digitized historic newspapers on the Historic Oregon Newspapers website! Doing research through ODNP is easy thanks to optical character recognition (OCR), which allows all of our historic newspapers to be keyword searchable. In addition, this newspaper can be downloaded as a PDF or JPEG file and saved for future reference or research purposes. All of these services are free and fully available to the public, so don’t hesitate and take a look at what historic Oregon was like through the newspapers that documented it!

References:

Turnbull, George S. History of Oregon Newspapers. Binfords & Mort, Publishers. Portland, OR. 1939.

 

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