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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The parent company of The Salt Lake Tribune is donating editions of the paper from 1871 to 2003 to the University of Utah, which will conserve the fragile volumes and keep them open for public access.
The university also plans to digitize the pages to create a searchable database.
The Salt Lake Tribune has bound past editions of the paper into more than 2,500 oversized volumes. This month MediaNews Group made a donation transferring ownership to the university.
Ken Sanders, a Salt Lake City bookseller, appraised the collection. He says 130 years of continuous newspaper publication in the West is priceless historically and has a monetary value of $650,000.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune
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