Nearly 1,000 issues of two Mill Valley newspapers are now available online through the California Digital Newspaper Collection, a freely accessible, searchable database of digitized California newspapers. Visitors to the site can now delve into the history of early Mill Valley by browsing or text searching the Mill Valley Independent (1908-1910) and the Mill Valley Record (1907-1923).
This digital collection is a wonderful resource for researchers, students, or anyone looking to get a taste of Mill Valley life in the early 1900s. Visitors can conduct simple keyword searches that make it easy to find information about local topics, people, places, and events. From stories about the development of the town, to news on local politics and businesses, social columns, and much more, the newspapers are a treasure trove of information about the Mill Valley of yore.
To browse or search the papers, visit the California Digital Newspaper Collection, at cdnc.ucr.edu.
This project was made possible thanks to a gift from the late Justine Helen Turner Roberts to the Mill Valley Public Library. Justine was a former docent in the Library’s Lucretia Little History Room. For many years she was head of the Library Systems Office at UCSF, where she installed the first computer system for the medical library. During her time as a docent in the History Room, she helped to index the Mill Valley Record newspaper, which is available on microfilm through 1992 at the Mill Valley Library. Given her background as a librarian, combined with her work on the newspaper project, Justine had a strong interest in digitizing the local newspapers and making them more easily accessible and searchable.