Search over 0.3 million pages of Battle Creek's historic newspapers from 1846-2016. Over fourteen years in the making, this project will preserve the archival record of our community's heritage for local historians, genealogists and scholars worldwide.

To open and turn the pages of an old newspaper is to enter another dimension, a lost world. As of October 2011, Willard Library offers a full text, searchable online collection of Battle Creek-area newspapers dating from 1846-1936.

Chronicling Battle Creek is a service available to all library cardholders. For well over a century, the library has been in the unique position of preserving and disseminating information about the city in paper form, just as local newspapers have chronicled the daily life of our community during those same years.

Over fourteen years in the making, this project will not only benefit the community, but will preserve the archival record of our community's heritage for local historians, genealogists and scholars worldwide.

Time was continuing to take its toll on the microfilm of the many priceless pieces of Battle Creek's past. Battle Creek is a community rich in history that has impacted not only local citizens, but the course of the national health reform movement and the processed food industry which, in turn, has deeply influenced the overall social, medical, and intellectual history of the nation.

Copyright Notice

The newspapers in this collection have been digitized to preserve them. Access to in-copyright newspapers is available on-site only. Remote access to out-of-copyright newspapers is available with a library card. The newspapers are available for personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that ownership of the materials is properly cited. Any commercial use and/or redistribution of the materials, without the written permission of the copyright holder, is strictly prohibited and any infringement is the sole responsibility of the user. For permission to use specific materials, please contact the copyright holder. Use of this search product implies agreement with these restrictions.

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Dear Testers:

First, let me say thank you for helping me improve this web app. It is invaluable that you are identifying bugs and helping me improve features!

Should you have suggestions I would love to hear them! Now is the time to add new stuff and get rid of what is crap. I need to hear what works for you and what is useless. Don't be shy! All ideas will help move this thing along.

===================== News as of February 13th, 2014 =====================

Lots of coding has been done since the last time I updated this little news block. I am pretty nearly done with the site, and I think that it's looking like something that is production-ready. Here again, some of the site might not work as you would expect as I zero in on getting it all working.

The indexing has been halted until we can move the data to our new Storage Area Network box. It's a long process as we have over eight tera-bytes(!) of data to move. Once the copying process is done, I will crank the indexer back up. Not to much more to go.

Someone said that there are some images that don't show up even though they should. I really would like to track that down, so if you find any, please shoot me an email of the year, paper name, and date. Thanks!

Those of you who have seen the Library of Congress's newspaper website will realize that I stole a lot of their ideas. I'd like to think that it's flattery. I did have to re-write most of the code, so it's not like I just copied and pasted!

Thanks again!

Mark Ehle, Developer, Chronicling BC.
Willard Library