Revised August 2012
The newspaper collection helps meet the needs of patrons for very current
information as well as for retrospective research purposes. Newspapers
are a particularly valuable source because of their immediacy both of
reporting and of perspective.
The goal of this collection is to:
- provide a selection of national, regional, and local newspapers, with
an especially strong coverage of state news.
- provide indexing tools.
- provide access to older editions of local county papers as well as
The New York Times.
The newspapers selected to provide solid coverage of the state of Wyoming
and government proceedings are the Casper Star-Tribune and the
The newspaper collection serves the general interests and concerns of
northeastern Wyoming residents, including those interests that extend
beyond community boundaries. In paper format the collection includes the
major local (within a 100 mile radius) newspapers, papers of major Wyoming
cities, papers from selected major regional cities, newspapers from major
metropolitan areas of the country, and selected major national business
newspapers. Coverage of other newspapers in the country is provided by
NewsBank. While past editions are held in microfiche format, now this
product is purchased as an on-line subscription and indexes articles from
The Library orders the Gillette News-Record
in microfilm to provide more durable copy for research. Old editions (some
dating back to the early days of the century) of newspapers from surrounding
counties are also available in microfilm format.
All newspaper indexes are received in electronic format including
those which index selected major national papers as well as general
periodicals. In addition, the Library's own in-house generated index
to the Gillette News-Record provides indexing of articles
pertaining to northeastern Wyoming from 1989 to December 12, 2001.
Newer articles can be indexed through the Gillette News-Record's
web site. The library develops and maintains indexing for births,
marriages and deaths on its genealogy web page from 1912 to present.
Some fluctuation in holdings is anticipated. Any future acquisitions
will be based on careful evaluation of their usefulness as sources of
otherwise unavailable information.
Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
- electronic/Internet sources availability.
- budget constraints.
- patron requests.
- present and potential relevance to the community.
- shelf space.
- Except for the Gillette News-Record, newspapers are kept only for the current and
preceding three months. This is because of space concerns as well as
access concerns since most of the papers are not included in the indexing
sources. The Gillette News-Record is
continually collected on microfilm and held in the film cabinets indefinitely.
No additional retrospective acquisition of surrounding county newspapers
- A few magazine titles printed on newsprint and in a tabloid
format are designated as "magazines in newspaper format".
These titles are displayed as magazines but stored as newspapers,
with a correspondingly shorter retention time. Such magazines
are retained for one year, plus the current year.