November 7, 2017

Local Newspapers Digitized

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The Peterborough Town Library is excited to continue our digitization project to make the region’s historical newspapers fully accessible online through a digital archive. The Contoocook Transcript, The Peterborough Messenger, and The Peterborough Transcript are among the first of the newspapers to be made available. Up until now, these historical newspapers have only been available in print and on microfilm at the library. The project will facilitate the scanning of the papers with Optical Character Recognition technology and the creation of a user-friendly database with an index and easy search capability. The database will be free and available to all. To date, the database includes newspapers from 1848-1934, with plans to add newspapers through the year 1949 in early 2018.

The library plans to digitize additional papers on a regular schedule, with a goal to make the entire run of The Peterborough Transcript (1849-2006) and The Monadnock-Ledger Transcript, from 2006-2015, searchable online. Currently, the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript is also available on microfilm at the library. The library is seeking partners and grant funding to assist with the project.

Users may find the resource online at the library website at

For more local history, check out these great resources:


  • Town Histories (Includes histories for most of the Monadnock region.) Link
  • Peterborough Transcript, 1854-2006 (Microfilm and Paper) Link
  • Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, 2006-present (Microfilm and Paper) Link
  • Yearbooks ConVal (1971+) Link
  • Peterborough High (pre-1971) Link
  • Historical Maps Link
  • Town Reports for Town of Peterborough Link
  • Materials on the history of MacDowell Colony Link


Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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