Local History

Brought to you by the Six Mile Regional Library District: The Granite City Press-Record Online Archives!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brought to you by the Six Mile Regional Library District: The Granite City Press-Record Online Archives!

 

Granite City – Tuesdayday, September 15, 2020 –

The Granite City Press-Record Online Archives are available free-of-charge to the public through the Six Mile Regional Library District (SMRLD), starting with the decade of the 1960s.  Because of the behind the scenes work that has to be done to ensure their readability, the newspapers will be uploaded one decade at a time.  In a few weeks SMRLD will be ready to upload the 1970s.

All issues published from January 4, 1960, through December 31, 1969, can now be accessed at www.smrld.org/press-record/.  SMRLD IT & Facilities Manager Tallin Curran supervised this project.  He remarked, “Many of these issues from the 1960s have as many as 40 or 50 pages per issue.  A few have even more.  It’s a great mix of local news and advertisements from local businesses that are gone but not forgotten, such as Tri-City Grocery, Carp’s, the Washington Theater, Fleishman’s, and many, many more.

The Granite City Press-Record was first published on April 22, 1903, as the Granite City Press.  It ceased publication with the December 26, 2012, issue as the Press-Record.  For many years, the Granite City Press-Record was well-regarded as the place to find out what was happening through the announcements, news, and human-interest stories about the people and places in Granite City, Pontoon Beach, Mitchell, Madison, and Venice, Illinois.

This multi-year project, undertaken by the Six Mile Regional Library District, actually began in 2012, when copyright permission was granted to the Library by Lee Enterprises to digitize and make the newspapers available online.  Unfortunately, the costs for digitizing such a large project were prohibitive at that time.  The real work began in 2019, when SMRLD signed an agreement with American Digital Memories (ADM) in Oklahoma to have over 369 reels of microfilm scanned and converted into electronic files.

After the many months of converting the microfilm reels into readable files was completed by ADM, it was time for Library staff to begin the arduous job of sifting through the files checking for readability.  Files are checked and re-checked for clarity; when adjustments are needed the Library requests corrections from ADM.  It generally takes Library staff approximately forty hours from receipt of the mega-files until a full decade is uploaded and ready to read online

Executive Director Tina Hubert said, “It’s been a dream of ours to make the Granite City Press-Record Online Archives available and we are thrilled that dream is finally reality.  Keep watching for other decades to be uploaded in the future by liking or following the SMRLD Facebook page.

The SMRLD Facebook can be found at https://www.facebook.com/smrld.org/

The Granite City Press-Record Online Archives can be found at https://www.smrld.org/press-record/

 

Contacts:    Six Mile Regional Library District (618) 452-6238

Tina Hubert, Executive Director, extension 781

Tallin Curran, IT & Facilities Manager, extension 784

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Service Review 2018: SMRLD by the Numbers

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

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Missing Years of Granite City High School Yearbooks Found and Available Online

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Missing Years of Granite City High School Yearbooks Found and Available Online

 

Granite City – Thursday, September 27, 2018 –

Two years ago the Six Mile Regional Library District (SMRLD) announced the availability of just about 100 years of Granite City High School yearbooks online at history.smrld.org/yearbooks.  At that time, we noted that yearbooks for the years 1931-1953 were not available.

Since that initial announcement, SMRLD has worked with the Granite City High School Media Center Librarian Paul Macios and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville team responsible for Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois.  That team consists of Project Editors Jason Stacy, Stephen Hansen, and Jeff Manuel and Developer Ben Ostermeier.

We are thrilled to announce that eighteen volumes of “Granite High World” School Newspapers have been digitized and made available through Madison Historical at https://madison-historical.siue.edu/archive/collections/show/10.  These editions span from the 1935-36 school year to the 1955-56 school year.  During these years Granite City High School did not publish a yearbook; instead, senior photos were printed in the high school newspaper.  The newspapers were digitized by three research assistants for Madison Historical, Brendon Floyd, Lesley Thomson, and Kelli West.

Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois is publicly available for use in research, teaching, and private study.  It documents, preserves, and shares the rich history of Madison County, Illinois and is coordinated by the Department of Historical studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  https://madison-historical.siue.edu/encyclopedia/

We still do not have any information regarding senior photos/yearbooks for 1931-1934.  Additionally, we are still missing physical yearbooks for the years 1912, 1921-24, 1926, and 2010.  If you or anyone you know has information regarding or copies of these missing years, please contact the SMRLD Research Team at (618) 452-6238, extension 730 or [email protected]

If you or someone you know has a copy of any missing yearbook, please consider donating it (or lending it for digitizing) to the Library.

 

Contacts:    Six Mile Regional Library District (618) 452-6238
Tina Hubert, Executive Director, extension 701
Juliette Douglas, Deputy Director, extension 782
Tallin Curran, IT & Facilities Manager, extension 784
Alex Smith, Research Librarian, extension 731

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Additional Information Available at http://history.smrld.org/document-archive/

 


We’ve found some local history treasure!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

letter to L.P. Frohardt from the Granite City School BoardLetter to L.P. Frohardt from the Granite City School Board. Dated June 14, 1897.

On letterhead from the St. Louis Stamping Company, which was owned by Granite City founders Frederick G. and William F. Niedringhaus. L.P. Frohardt was Granite City’s first superintendent of schools and Frohardt School bears his name. Also of note, the man listed on the letterhead as treasurer of St. Louis Stamping Company, George W. Niedringhaus, had a school (and our temporary home) named after him, too.

The content of the letter is transcribed on our Six Miles of Local History website history.smrld.org

 

 


Men of Granite book available for purchase

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Now for sale at either library location: Men of Granite by Dan Manoyan. A motion picture based on the book will soon be filmed in Granite City. Pick up your copy for $25.00 with a check made payable to “Men of Granite”

 

Men of Granite


Gregg McGee Celebrates 40 Years!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Associate Director and Branch Manager Gregg McGee was recently featured in a Press-Record article about his 40 years with the library. Congratulations, Gregg!

Gregg McGee - 40 Years

Photograph by John Swistak, Jr.


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