Digitized Colorado Historic Newspapers to Double

Since 2016, the Colorado Digital Newspaper Project (CDNP) has been digitizing historic newspapers from counties all across the state thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).


Colorado Statesman Feb 11, 1905

Colorado Statesman, February 11, 1905

To date, there are nearly 100,000 pages of Colorado history, as it happened, freely accessible in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America database. The newspapers are also included in the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) of over 1,400,000 digitized pages, representing more than 335 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado primarily from 1859 to 1924. The titles cover a range of counties—including, for the first time online, newspapers from Baca, Cheyenne, Delta, Jackson, and Rio Blanco Counties—and represent Colorado’s and the Mountain West’s African American and Jewish communities. (A list of all Colorado newspapers in Chronicling America can be found here.)

With continued funding from the NEH, the CDNP will be able to digitize another 100,000 pages of Colorado historic newspapers. Working with an advisory board of historians, library professionals, and publishers, the CDNP compiled a list of titles to represent Colorado in Chronicling America and to include in CHNC.

We are excited to announce the “new” titles that will be part of the CDNP. The titles come from counties across the state, many of which have not been digitized before, and also feature a bilingual publication, papers from the mining interests and labor movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, news from now-abandoned mining towns, historic African American publications, and coverage of the agricultural areas of the Western Slope and Eastern Plains. They are listed here, along with the publication years to be digitized:

El Democrata April 23, 1927

El Democrata, April 23, 1927

  • The Raymer Enterprise (1910–1923), New Raymer, Weld County
  • El Democrata Del Condado De Costilla (1923–1942), San Luis, Costilla County
  • Idaho Springs Siftings and The Idaho Springs Siftings-News (1902–1921), Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County
  • The Colorado Statesman (1904–1924), Denver
  • United Labor Bulletin and Denver Labor Bulletin (1909–1918), Denver
  • The Labor Enquirer (1882–1888), Denver
  • The Bessemer Indicator and The Indicator (1893–1904), Pueblo County
  • Gilpin Observer (1898–1920), Central City, Gilpin County
  • The La Jara Chronicle (1904–1911), La Jara, Conejos County
  • Crystal River Current (1886–1887), Crystal, Gunnison County
  • The Silver Lance and The Marble Booster (1897–1916), Gunnison County
  • The Western Recorder and The Elbert County Tribune (1898–1921), Elbert County
  • The Paonia Newspaper (1905–1911), Paonia, Delta County

In addition to the new titles, we will also continue the digitization of ten titles currently included in Chronicling America and CHNC:

United Labor Bulletin May 19 1910

United Labor Bulletin, May 19, 1910

  • Cañon City Record (1909–1920), Cañon City, Fremont County
  • Lamar Register (1903–1923), Lamar, Prowers County
  • The Elk Mountain Pilot (1920–1924), Crested Butte, Gunnison County
  • Meeker Herald (1923), Meeker, Rio Blanco County
  • The Democrat-Herald (1923), Springfield, Baca County
  • Ordway New Era (1918–1922), Ordway, Crowley County
  • Daily Sentinel (1903–1908), Grand Junction, Mesa County
  • Delta Independent (1907–1923), Delta, Delta County
  • Rocky Ford Enterprise (1908–1916), Rocky Ford, Otero County
  • La Junta Tribune (1909–1917), La Junta, Otero County

For more news from the CDNP, check out Colorado’s Reel History, a monthly blog showcasing papers from History Colorado’s newspaper collection, and follow the project on Twitter @HistoryColorado.