Digitization of The Kentucky Press: it would have saved John Nelson untold hours in research for ‘Still, We Speak’

When John Nelson started the research project for KPA’s 150th anniversary and his book, “Still, We Speak,” he came by to get old copies of The Kentucky Press. That was a magazine size monthly publication of everything about KPA papers early on then turned into a newsprint tabloid in 1984. We were able to get copies of the publication back to 1929 and had most every issue u[ through 2008.

That’s when we decided to switch the monthly printed publication to another format. Similar to what you’re reading now. Online.

On Second Thought’s predecessor was “Friday FAX (then Email) to the Board,” and updated them on everything going on in and around KPA. It was a great communication tool that kept our Board members up-to-date. It also gave us the chance to give background on things that would be coming up at the next Board meeting, keeping us from having to explain various programs and and issues.

Kopana Terry, the Curator of Newspapers for the University of Kentucky Libraries, gave John assistance in the research and notified us early on that The Kentucky Press was available in microfilm form.

Then in March of this year, she celebrated that the entire library collection of The Kentucky Press had been digitized. If you’d like to read through most of the issues of The Press, from 1929 through 2008, the link is below.

Kopana, by the way, is on the agenda for the 2020 KPA Winter Convention to discuss the importance of digitizing newspapers how history will be preserved as newspapers move from print to online versions sometime in the future.

Here’s the link to The Kentucky Press monthly volumes:


If you haven’t ordered your copy of “Still, We Speak,” you can still do so. Go to http://www.kypress.com/stillwespeak/

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