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The University of Illinois and the University of Nebraska have been digitizing old newspapers and making them available online to researchers for free (isn’t that the best part!)

The U of I’s papers focus on agriculture publications from the 1800s to 1900s and individual articles can be downloaded for free.

The U of N’s papers come from various communities, spanning 1878 – 1913.

If you have relatives that moved to the mid-west, these resources would be well worth keeping an eye on while the collections continue to grow.