Thanks to our beloved and dearly missed Fultonian Nancy Kolk, you may access, read, and search through a PDF index of Fulton newspapers dating as far back as 1854. We are indebted to her effort of manually transferring this valuable community asset from microfilm to digital data which will allow for quicker research.
In 2017, Harvey Geerts took up the mantle, continuing the important work of indexing unfinished and recent issues of the Journal. We are very grateful for his time and effort.
Remember, this is just an index, or outline; the papers are available for viewing in full at the library using our microfilm viewer.
*Update 1/09/17: We apologize for the incomplete and non-working links users were experiencing. All links have been reloaded and updated. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you experience any further difficulties; we appreciate the input.
The following links present a Word file first, followed by a PDF.
ful_papers_reel1-9(1854-1900+) or ful_papers_reel1-9(1854-1900+) – Includes the Whiteside Investigator, Fulton City Advertiser, Fulton Weekly Courier, Fulton Weekly Journal, The Fulton Weekly Journal, Fulton Register (1892 – 1899), Fulton Journal with dates ranging from March 15, 1854 to July 31, 1900.
from the work of Harvery Geerts:
This is the extent of the work done at this time. We will update this list as the indices become available. All issues after the most recent date listed are still available in their physical form (they just haven’t been indexed) . Microfilm issues are acquired from the Illinois State Library when they have been microfilmed and made available for purchase.
And if you are wondering, “What’s up with this Microfilm stuff? Isn’t that a little outdated given today’s technology?”; then please consider this argument from the National Archives:
“Microfilm is a low-cost, reliable, long-term, standardized image storage medium. The equipment needed to view microfilm images is simple, consisting of light and magnification. The medium has a life-expectancy of hundreds of years.
Digital images, on the other hand, consist of a wide variety of machine codes that require computer hardware and software to be made visible. To avoid the obsolescence of changing computer technology, digital images must be reformatted periodically.
The cost of maintaining microfilm is small compared with that of digital images. Microfilm only needs shelving in a cool, dry place for a very long period of time.”