SELCO proudly offers digitized local newspapers through the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub from at least one community in each of the 11 southeastern counties. This valuable resource is made possible through a collaborative partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and paid for by a Library Legacy grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Using the 1900 census data, SELCO’s digitization efforts tackled counties in the order of the largest population centers at the time. The chart below illustrates production during the first five years of this project. Nearly a quarter of a million pages were digitized using rigorous national standards. During FY2020, additional historical newspapers will be digitized.

County 1900 Census Population Pages Digitized
Winona 35,686 15,450
Goodhue 31,137 32,638
Fillmore 28,238 18,582
Rice 26,080 15,411
Olmsted 23,119 46,202
Mower * 22,335 6,300
Freeborn 21,838 25,000
Wabasha 18,924 18,184
Steele 16,524 35,461
Houston 15,400 12,900
Dodge 13,340 20,550

* A portion of Mower County pages were digitized through a grant project for the National Digital Newspaper Program with the Library of Congress for Chronicling America.