PHOENIX – News from around Arizona and the world made up the Benson Signal newspaper during the years surrounding World War I. This local newspaper also included agricultural and mining news, as well as serialized fiction pieces and poetry. The newspaper changed hands and titles several times since its beginnings in 1899.
“Digitizing newspapers from the U.S.- Mexico border adds perspective to an important part of Arizona’s economic growth,” said Sativa Peterson, National Digital Newspaper Program Grant project director and news content program manager for the State of Arizona Research Library. “While we had digitized newspapers from Tombstone and Bisbee, this is the first Benson paper to be added to our digital collection.”
This is just one of the 40 newspaper titles that were digitized by the Arizona State Library in partnership with the University of Arizona Libraries, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress’ National Digital Newspaper Program. Issues from 1915 to 1920 of the Benson Signal will be available on the Arizona Memory Project indefinitely and can be viewed for free on any digital device at https://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/digital/collection/bensonsignal.