BELFAST—The Belfast Free Library is pleased to announce the digitization and microfilming of the complete run of The Waldo Independent newspaper. This digitized content is now freely available to the public online for reading and searching.

The Waldo Independent was published weekly from Oct. 24, 1985 to June 28, 2008, a run of almost 23 years, and covered Waldo County news during a period of significant transformation.

In the past year, Jeff Shula and Jay Davis (editor and columnist/reporter, respectively, for The Waldo Independent) helped the library to acquire a complete run of the newspaper by tracking down all of the issues missing from the library’s collection. The Belfast Free Library is now the only institution anywhere with a complete run of the paper. Therefore, it was crucial to ensure that the paper was preserved through microfilming, as well as made available online.

This project was made possible through the generous support by the public of the library’s Annual Appeal. Also, the project expands on the newspaper microfilming and digitization work previously undertaken by the Friends of the Belfast Free Library.

The Waldo Independent can be accessed online at This same digital archive also contains digitized issues of the Republican Journal from its beginning in 1829 up until 1868, courtesy of the Friends of the Belfast Free Library. The Republican Journal from 1869 to 1922 is available online through the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America project.

The digital newspaper archive enables users to both browse at their leisure through the issues and to search efficiently by keyword and with narrowed limits to find specific information. Users can zoom in or out, download pages as PDFs, and crop and enlarge extracts.

The library hopes that people in Waldo County and far beyond will make use of and enjoy this valuable resource.