MCHA to Digitize Historic Local Newspaper

As you may know, MCHA has been working to digitize Monmouth County newspapers and make them available on the internet for public use. The Freehold Transcript and Monmouth Inquirer have already been digitized and can be accessed at Newspapers.com, or at our Research Library. So far, up to 150 or more articles are being clipped from these publications every day. But our work is not done. The next publication to be digitized will be the Monmouth Democrat and we need your help!

Our microfilm copies of the Monmouth Democrat have been worn out after almost fifty years of heavy use. Thankfully, the New Jersey State Archives is able to provide a new set of microfilm for our digitization efforts. We will need to secure 36 reels at $35 each to complete this project.

The Democrat was published in Freehold from 1834 to 1942. In the nineteenth century, it was one of the most influential newspapers in central New Jersey. Its editor, James Sterling Yard, was highly regarded in political circles at the state level. Once online, the Monmouth Democrat will be an excellent searchable resource for local and regional historians and genealogists as it includes over 100 years worth of obituaries, marriage notices, current events, political news, advertisements, and everyday stories that were often unique to the paper. The Democrat’s columns also contain extensive content related to the regional impact of the Civil War, as well as the New Jerseyans who served in it.

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