I recently worked with an Irving A. Robbins student who was looking for historic newspapers. We’re very lucky to have access to some special resources here at the Farmington Library, and I wanted to share them with you.
The Farmington Valley Herald
First we have digital scans of the Farmington Valley Herald dating back to 1894. The library partnered with Advantage Preservation to not only make our F.V.H. microfilm available from any computer in the library, but also to provide users with a search function, allowing you to find exactly what you’re looking for. The interface and search function have recently been improved, so be sure to check it out the next time you’re in the building.
The statewide service formerly known as iConn provides access to historic issues of the Hartford Courant, but if you’ve used it from home you’ve probably noticed that there is a gap between 1922 and 1992. Well, if you’re looking for a Courant obituary from 1983, just stop by the Farmington Library! He have in-house access to issues between 1923 and 1990, filling in most of those gap years.
Both of these resources can be accessed from any of our public computers. If you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to ask me or one of my colleagues! And, of course, be sure to stop by the Farmington Room on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9:00am and noon!