GOOD NEWS. From Deb Wong on Facebook. March 15th , 2021.
“For the past couple of months, I’ve been working on getting the Pacifica Tribune archives digitized.
Long story short, the HMB Review archives are included, so sharing on here.
Both are owned by the Coastside News Group, which has just approved digitizing and online archiving of these newspapers on Newspapers.com:
• Coastside tribune, 1954-1959
• Pacifica tribune, 1959-present
• Half Moon Bay Review and Pescadero pebble, 1939-1999
• Half Moon Bay Review, 1999-present
From Brian K. Geiger, of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research at UC Riverside:
“Hi Deb – The Tribune reels should go out for scanning next month and be accessible by June, if all goes well.
The Half Moon reels are at our storage unit in Berkeley, which isn’t yet open to the public. Hopefully they’ll open up this summer and we can request the reels then.
There are 86 reels for the Tribune, or about 81,700 pages, and 80 reels for the Half Moon Bay Review, or about 76,000 pages.”
How exciting! Feel happy to have accomplished this, especially during the pandemic!
I am especially grateful that we now have community-minded publishers for the Pacifica Tribune and HMB Review!
The Pacifica Historical Society is part of this, too, if I hadn’t seen old copies of the Pacifica Tribune there, I might never have started this project!
“Since I joined the Pacifica Historical Society a few months ago, I’ve been on a mission.
After I saw stacks of old Pacifica Tribunes stored at the society, I kept asking myself “Why aren’t these digitized, and online?” After all, our newspapers are part of our history – history that was written in real time, at the time, with valuable information (even if it doesn’t appear to be, when you are lining the cat box with it, after reading).
When I started doing my family’s genealogy (and Mike’s family, etc), I accessed Newspapers.com frequently, for birth, death, marriage records, plus stories about family members, going back centuries. I was told by the PHS that they had tried for years to have the papers digitized, with no luck.
Well, yesterday I got “lucky”, after months of contacts and research. Mike will tell you that I get a bit intense when on a mission: (“Deb, calm DOWN!”). My contacts led me to Brian K Geiger, of UC Riverside, who explained the process through the California Newspaper Microfilm Archive….long story. The PHS had a board meeting last night and approved the project – which will cost nothing, if done through Newspapers.com
Hopefully, the Tribune publishers will favor the project, because they hold the copyright. (they did!)
The project also includes the HMB Review’s archives.
Like I said, I’m on a mission. I want to see these papers archived online for all to access, in my lifetime!”