The latest Oregon Experience, Capturing Oregon’s Frontier, focuses on a rare collection of vintage glass plate negatives taken by Grants Pass newspaper publisher Amos Voorhies at the turn of the twentieth century.
Voorhies bought the Rogue River Courier in 1897. Today, as the Grants Pass Daily Courier, the paper is still owned by the Voorhies family.
Recently, the Courier was one of the latest newspapers added to the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program, an open state-wide resource for historic Oregon newspapers online.
The program is part of the Library of Congress’ and National Endowment for the Humanities’ Chronicling America.
Newspapers dating back to the 1860s are available as a key-word searchable online database. The files are also downloadable as pdfs.
A quick search of the Courier uncovered a wonderful article celebrating the paper’s 25th anniversary, complete with pictures of Amos Voorhies and his staff.
Do your own search of the Courier and dozens of other Oregon papers here.