Advertisement

Sask. government to release province’s historic newspapers online

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan will begin to release the first digitized copies of the province’s community newspapers from 1939 to 1945. Provided / Government of Saskatchewan

Digitalized copies of Saskatchewan’s community newspapers from 1939 to 1945, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War, will soon be available to the public.

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan announced the copies will be accessible on the Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online website.

READ MORE: Moose Jaw Times Herald says goodbye to an era

“Researchers interested in family history, military history and community engagement in the Second World War can now read online reports from Saskatchewan’s towns and cities,” said Ken Cheveldayoff, the minister responsible for the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan.

“Insight into what was happening in Saskatchewan during this period is brought to life through these newspapers.”

READ MORE: ‘We’re back’: new Saskatoon community paper hits newsstands next week

Story continues below advertisement

The province said this is the start of the archives’ latest digitization project, which will comprise of about 560,000 pages of newsprint from close to 160 community publications from around Saskatchewan.

“We are excited about adding to the availability of these records online,” provincial archivist Linda McIntyre said.

“Newspapers bring world events to the community and provide a rich source for local interest in the period.”

WATCH : Moose Jaw Express newspaper moves into former Times Herald building (Jan. 12, 2018)

Click to play video 'New home, new beginning: Moose Jaw Express newspaper moves into former Times Herald building' New home, new beginning: Moose Jaw Express newspaper moves into former Times Herald building
New home, new beginning: Moose Jaw Express newspaper moves into former Times Herald building – Jan 12, 2018

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.