The Telegram has partnered with Frank J. Basloe Library to digitize and put on microfilm 20 years of local history, spanning the years 1924 to 1944.
“It was a labor of love,” said Herkimer resident William Arthur, a self-described history activist. “This project began in 1990 and while it came close to coming to fruition over the years, it always seemed something would come up and it would fall through. It’s great to be able to say it’s finally done.”
Frank J. Basloe Library Director Lesley Paul said the $18,000 project was completed with funding from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and the New York State Publishers’ Association, and gives the library a record of the newspaper from 1924 to today.
“The library had a gap, as before this project was completed all that was on microfilm was 1945 to the present,” she said. “Not only were the years 1924 to 1944 added to the library’s microfilm collection, but those years have also been digitized and stored on CDs for patrons to access.”
“This is a great resource for researchers, historians and genealogists,” said Telegram and Times Publisher Beth Brewer. “It allows people to connect with their local history, and it preserves that history as well. The bound volumes are very fragile, so it was important to have The Telegram on microfilm from 1924 to present day. We couldn’t be more thrilled with how this project turned out.”
The 20 years of The Telegram were digitized and put on microfilm by Biel’s Document Management.
Arthur added with Wesley Small, a former editor of The Telegram, among the first contributors to the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties the process has come full circle.
“It’s nice to be able to continue his legacy with The Telegram,” he said. “Wesley helped to create the Community Foundation and now the foundation has helped preserve the newspaper.”