Thursday, March 15, 2012

A look back: "Missoula Police Wage Brutal War on Free Speech"

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 9:10 PM

As part of Sunshine Week, we've been posting information from online databases that are available to anyone, for free, and contain some useful, strange or otherwise overlooked info. Most of what we've linked to so far is government related — the spread of Homeland Security in Montana, tracking dirty energy money contributions to our D.C. delegation, etc.

Today, we take a look at a different kind of database: Chronicling America, a searchable library of historic newspapers from 1836 to 1922. It's sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress — and it's pretty cool. History buffs be warned: You may be here a while.

Here are two pages that jumped out in simple searches for Missoula (the first for only Montana papers, the second for any state).

Montana News front page, Oct. 7, 1909
  • Montana News front page, Oct. 7, 1909

Striking graphic from The Day Book, May 16, 1916, featuring Louise F. Lusk of Missoula, the first of the Republican national convention delegates to arrive in Chicago.
  • Striking graphic from The Day Book, May 16, 1916, featuring Louise F. Lusk of Missoula, the first of the Republican national convention delegates to arrive in Chicago.

Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. We're linking to free online databases all week.

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