Libraries complete digitization of Lancaster Farming newspaper through 2003

May 13, 2013

"Lancaster Farming," the leading Northeast and Mid-Atlantic farm newspaper is one of Pennsylvania's most popular farming newspapers. Published weekly since Nov. 4, 1955, issues are now available in digital format through Dec. 27, 2003, by Penn State's University Libraries at

The newspaper includes four basic sections each week. Section A is devoted to breaking news, dairy and beef news, commodity market reports and upcoming events. Section B, the family section, includes the most comprehensive listing of auctions on the east coast, mailbox markets, a special antiques center, recipes, 4-H and FFA news and food and nutritional information for the entire family. Sections C and D, the agribusiness center of the paper, include business news, new product information and updates, herd reports, classified news, and other information pertinent to farmers.

The initial digitization project, 1955–1983, completed in 2006, was funded through the Paterno Library Endowment and the state through legislation requiring the four statewide Library Resource Centers to create online resources for the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Libraries’ operating budget has provided funding for the current phase of digitization and was coordinated by the University Libraries’ Digitization and Preservation Department under the leadership of Sue Kellerman, the Judith O. Sieg Chair for Preservation, in consultation with Amy L. Paster, head of the Life Sciences Library.

For more information, contact Amy Paster at or 814-865-3708 or Sue Kellerman at or 814-863-4696.

Last Updated May 15, 2013