One of the most effective ways to experience a moment in history is to read a vintage newspaper. Now, complete issues of the Dayton Daily News from the early 1900s are available online at DaytonMetroLibrary.org.
Dayton Daily News 1898-1922 is the newest online Research Tool offered by the Dayton Metro Library. The database features full-page images of complete Dayton Daily News issues, which can be printed, saved, or emailed and are keyword searchable. These pivotal years in history include the Wright Brothers' first flight, the 1913 Flood, World War I, the beginning of Prohibition and the development of industry in Dayton.
“I recently helped a researcher find an announcement and description of her grandparents' wedding, which is not something we can find in Google,” said Jamie McQuinn, Special Collections Manager at the Library. “Genealogists will find obituaries, birth and marriage announcements along with news of daily life in the Gem City. The advertisements and costs of merchandise are fascinating.”
The Library offers other online tools for local history researchers. The Dayton Daily News Archive offers more recent full text articles, from 1990 to 2017, but they are not complete newspapers and are not page images. There is also a Dayton Obituaries Index and the Dayton Remembers Digital Image Collection available on the Library’s website.
Dayton Daily News 1898-1922 is available free of charge under RESEARCH TOOLS at DaytonMetroLibrary.org, and can be accessed from home, school or work as well as inside the Library.
For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call (937) 463-BOOK.