News from Illinois' capital — before it was even the capital — will be searchable online. Springfield's public library, Lincoln Library, announced Wednesday the acquisition of a $250,000 historical digital newspaper archive.

It will allow access to the city's newspaper — the State Journal-Register — and its predecessors, from 1831 to 1950. The library already has State Journal-Register archives from 1985 forward. News from 1831 to 1922 has been digitized and the last three decades will become available during 2014.

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