State Civil War era newspapers going digital

Aug 20, 2013

Several hundred issues of state newspapers from the Civil War era are going to be digitized.

Several hundred issues of newspapers from Wheeling, Morgantown, Charleston and other state towns are being digitized.

John Cuthbert with the West Virginia and Regional History Center, says it's revolutionary.

"Newspapers are among the very most important resources for all manner of historical research. It cuts across literally all fields, and it affects literally all people," said Cuthbert. 

"It’s not just professors at WVU, it’s people in the community that are interested in their own family history. Suddenly the content is accessible in a way that we could only have dreamed about years ago."