History of Newspapers in Quincy:
In 1835, when Illinois had only 3 other newspapers, Judge R. M. Young issued his first weekly newspaper, The Bounty Land Register. The federal government had been awarding 160 acres as ‘bounty’ to veterans of the War of 1812.
By 1836, the newspaper had been sold and its name changed to the Argus, in about 1841 it became the Herald. In 1935 it was renamed the Quincy Herald Whig, which is its name today. Learn more here.
An archive of old newspaper clippings is awaiting a volunteer to transcribe them. Do you have time and want to help? Do you have another good source? Please email us.
Historical Newspaper Projects
- Wikipedia.org’s list of Newspaper Archives
- Library of Congress-Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
- University Library – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Historical Papers Online
- Learn more about this project at Illinois Newspaper Project
- Quincy Public Library Historic Newspaper Archive