By Ellen Engseth
Curator, Immigration History Research Center Archives and Head, Migration and Social Services Collections
We were very pleased when Thomas Ivie of the Wyoming State Library contacted us and asked if we would be willing to loan them our copies of two rare Italian-American newspapers, Grido Del Popolo (The Cry of the People) and Vita Nuova (New Life). These papers were both published in Rock Springs, Wyoming at the turn of the 20th century, and our issues date from 1907-1909. They are written largely in Italian.
We said we’d be happy to participate, and the Wyoming State Library then digitized them and added them to Wyoming Newspapers, a service of the State Library that makes historic Wyoming newspapers freely available online. Historians, genealogists, students and other scholars rely on them to provide a first-hand and sometimes the only account of local news of the time.
“We hope our visitors have fun making their own discoveries in this great historical newspaper collection that will continue to grow over time,” Ivie said.
These two titles are the first foreign-language newspapers to be added to the project. Rock Springs is known as the “Home of 56 Nationalities,” because of the influx of immigrants from all over the world who came to work in the coal mines that supplied the Union Pacific Railroad.
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Grido Del Popolo (The Cry of the People) and Vita Nuova (New Life) are also available to view in the Andersen Library Reading Room, and will soon be available through UMedia.