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SPOTLIGHT ON THE LIBRARY
SEPTEMBER 2004

Last month’s column highlighted the library’s Mott Collection and its historical photographs of the local area and railroads. Did you know that the library also has historical information on microfilm? Local censuses and newspapers, including the Wellsville Daily Reporter from 1880 to the present, are stored on microfilm so that you can use them in the library. Whether you want to find your great-grandfather’s obituary from 1892 or a photo of your great-grandson in Wellsville high school’s 1979 "Goose Egg" football defense, if it was in the paper and converted to microfilm, the library has it.

Now is a great time to come to the library to look at microfilm resources. Through a generous grant from the F.T. and Anna C. Manley Memorial Trust, we’ve replaced our microfilm reader-printer. For those of you who have fumbled with, squinted at, printed, and re-printed on the old analog machine, this is very good news. The new reader-printer sits on a spacious desk in the reference room and has a lot of features that make it easier to use, including a motorized film carrier and a zoom lens. Its auto-exposure settings take a lot of the guess work out of printing, and because the new reader-printer is digital, its printouts are much higher quality than the old machine. It prints out clear copies on the library’s laser printer for twenty-five cents each.

This "Spotlight on the Library" article was written by Allison Midgley, the David A. Howe Public Lbrary's technology coordinator. Articles are written and published monthly in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Click on a date below to read an article from the archive.

Click here to read the Wellsville Daily Reporter online

 

Do you want to find out if we have local information for you? Go to the library’s web site at www.davidahowelibrary.org and check out our list of microfilm on the Genealogy Resources page or search the STARCAT catalog for "microfilm" in the Wellsville library. If you have an exact date for an event, staff at the library will look it up and do the research for you; we’ll charge a small fee if we find the information. Better yet, now that winter hours have started and the library’s open on Saturdays, stop in and ask the staff for a list of microfilm holdings. Then sign up for an hour on the new reader-printer. The staff will help you get started and show you how to print. Fill in the gaps in your family tree, check weather patterns for the last hundred years, read the society pages from days gone by, laugh over period advertisements and fashion news - on the library’s new microfilm reader-printer.

Click here to see a list of the library's  newspapers on microfilm. 

This page was last updated December 22, 2005.

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