101 years (1888-1989) of Rolfe, Iowa, Newspapers Online


UPDATE July 12, 2012: The URL for the Rolfe, Iowa, newspaper archives is: http://rolfe.advantage-preservation.com/

The oral history project endorsed by the Rolfe (Iowa) Public Library board is nearing completion.

The next fabulous project is that of digitizing 101 years of Rolfe newspapers so that they will be online and keyword-searchable.

The September 4, 1969, issue of The Rolfe Arrow on microfilm at the Pocahontas Public Library. (Click photo once and then again to enlarge.)

Currently those newspapers from 1888 to 1989* are on microfilm at the Pocahontas Public Library. For many of us who live at a distance, and even for those who live near Pocahontas, sometimes it is a little tricky to get to the Pocahontas library to look at that microfilm.

The Rolfe Public Library board recently endorsed the project of raising funds to digitize those 101 years of Rolfe newspapers. Once they are digitized, any computer with Internet access will be able to access those newspapers (unless the newspaper web site is blocked on a particular network).

Click here for an explanatory document about the project, including microfilm roll ID #s.** If you cannot open the explanatory document, please contact me. (Contact information is given below.) The information is also available at the Rolfe Public Library.



The first two pages of the explanatory document are informational, including the time span and ID# for each roll of microfilm. On the third page is a form to be used for donations to the project.

If you want to print just the donation form and not the rest of the information, click here for just the donation form. Directions for donating are on the form. All donation amounts are appreciated. (For the oral history project, donations ranged from $10 to several hundred dollars.)

If you have questions, please contact me for clarity and/or more information. My (Louise Gunderson Shimon) contact information is: 515-465-2746; mariongundersonart@gmail.com; 14106 Green Dr., Perry, Iowa, 50220.

You may also ask at the Rolfe Public Library; however, since I know all the ins and outs of the project, it may be that you are referred to me.

If you’d like to contribute to the project but can’t right now, please give yourself a reminder.

If you think you might like to contribute but don’t currently have time or funds to do so, please write yourself some sort of reminder note or put a twist-tie around your finger!

One important detail is that all contributions should be made to the “Rolfe Public Library Trust.” The word “Trust” is important to include.

On behalf of the Rolfe Public Library board and staff, thank you for your interest in this project.

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Questions? Comments? Or, are you thinking I left out a vital piece of information? If so, please let me know.

*There may be a few issues missing.

**Roll ID #s are  provided on page 2 of the explanatory document for anyone who wishes to donate and specify sponsorship of one or more entire rolls of microfilm.

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3 Responses to “101 years (1888-1989) of Rolfe, Iowa, Newspapers Online”

  1. Peg Says:

    Favorite less-important (but still important!) aspect of this post: the “Note to Self” and the twist-tie! GREAT visual aid! 🙂

    All EXCELLENT!!!

  2. bill janssen Says:

    looking for in fo on ruth janssen and gr janssen lived ther 1922 1929 these are my grand parents

  3. Louise Gunderson Shimon Says:

    Hello Bill:

    I’ll see what I can find as far as your grandparents.

    I see that your grandmother’s name was Ruth Janssen. What was your grandfather’s name? I see that it starts with “Gr.”

    Also, when they lived in Rolfe from 1922 to 1929, do you know about how old they were? Or any little tidbits about them? Occupation or relatives or anything no matter how small it might seem?

    I’ll follow up with a gentleman in Rolfe who would be most likely of anyone to help you/me know where to turn.

    If you don’t hear from me within the next two or three weeks, feel free to send me a nudge on this blog or you may email me. mariongundersonart@gmail.com

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