The Erie News - Digitalization Project

The Erie Historical Society is actively looking for old newspapers published in Erie, CO. If you know of any please contact us. Thank you. You can find a list of Erie Newspapers here

In 2016 the Erie Historical Society raised funds to digitalize and preserve 3 years of The Erie News from 1903-1906

You can now view those editions online at
Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

The Erie News Digitalization Project Timeline

  • 11/21/2015: Crowdfund set up on Crowdrise to raise funds to digitize The Erie News 1903-1906
  • 11/23/2015: Spreadsheet created inventory done of all papers in the collection. View Working Spreadsheet here  Missing several editions especially towards the end of 1905.
  • 12/1/2015: Article in Colorado Hometown News. The effort aims to digitize historic issues of The Erie News Crowdfunding campaign has a goal of $1,200; papers from the 1900s would be online, searchable
  • 12/15/2015: The original papers we dropped off to the digitization vendor on Friday.  They will microfilm the paper, digitize it from the microfilm (create tiffs), and create negative and positive microfilm.  This process is estimated to take about 2-3 weeks.  We are also actively searching for some missing editions. Reaching out to UNC to inquire about a couple of issues they may have.
  • 12/15/2015: Article published on with background information on The Erie News and its publisher, Clyde L. Stanley, age 16. Read more here
  • 1/22/2016: The papers have been microfilmed and digitized!  They were picked up by the digitization vendor and are being sent to our processors tomorrow.  The next process is to segment the articles and apply to OCR to the images.
  • 1/25/2016: Erie Historical Society donated a copy of the microfilm of the Erie News 1903-1906 to History Colorado, who holds the largest collection of newspapers on microfilm
  • 3/22/2016: Update from Colorado State Library. The digitized versions of the Erie News should be online by early May 2016
  • May 2016: The Erie News digital versions are published online at

The Digitalization Process: The newspapers will be photographed and placed on microfilm. Then the papers will be digitized and made available for free for everyone at Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, We have verified, with the assistance of Colorado State Library, that these newspapers have never been archived on microfilm before. The Erie Historical Society has almost a complete set of papers for the years 1903 through January 1906 when the paper was merged with a Lafayette newspaper. The Erie Historical Society will also donate a copy of the newspaper on microfilm to History of Colorado, which has the largest collection of newspapers on microfilm. Thank you so much for your help. We can not wait to share these newspapers with you!