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Allegany County historical newspapers now free online


From the Southern Tier Library System,

Issues of five historic Allegany County newspapers covering Friendship, New York are now freely available online, including the Allegany County Republican, Friendship Chronicle, Friendship Register, Friendship Weekly Register, and Friendship Volunteer.

The Friendship Free Library, in partnership with the Southern Tier Library System (STLS), received a $4,560 Technology and Digitization Grant from the South Central Regional Library Council, to digitize 29 reels of microfilmed newspapers from Friendship, New York. The digitized newspapers have been added to the New York State Historic Newspapers database.

Friendship Free Library Director Sarah Trumpp said, “We are so excited to have Friendship newspapers represented in the New York State Historic Newspapers database. This collaboration with STLS increases access to newspapers from our region. Community members and researchers can freely access the digitized files and explore Friendship’s rich history.”

Caption: (from left to right) The front pages of Friendship Register published on December 19, 1907; Friendship Volunteer published on December 21, 1961; and Friendship Weekly Register published on December 20, 1894.

The New York Historic Newspapers project exists to digitize, and make freely available for research, significant runs of historic newspapers for every county in the state. STLS, which serves all 17 libraries in Allegany County, has been working in partnership with the Friendship Free Library, and other county libraries, to increase Allegany County’s representation in the project database.

The database provides searchable full-text and page images of over 400 New York-based newspapers, dating from 1795 to 2014. Individuals interested in browsing or conducting research using titles in the New York State Historic Newspapers database can visit

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