The Citizen Reporter was the premiere newspaper of Lake City, Florida during this time period. They did have a competitor in the Florida Index. You can access the Citizen Reporter for 1901 online for Free on the University of Florida’s digital newspaper website. They also have most of the copies of the Florida Index from 1899 to June 1909 and only two other issues from 1913 and 1916. Which is a shame as the copies that are available are in great shape and it would have been nice to have another resource of information at least until they folded their doors sometime in 1918.
Although each of the newspaper editors only had so much material to print each week they did manage to report on things the other didn’t and for the cross overs you did get a slightly different perspective on events. The Florida Index was the first newspaper to regularly publish the goings on the black community for about a year during this time period which may have been a first for a non-black newspaper to do. There was a fierce battle between the two newspapers to gain paying customers but it seems the Citizen Reported editor had more leverage than the Florida Index and won most of the counties printing contracts. We may have to do a more in-depth posting later on comparing the two newspapers if anyone is interested.
We only list the Citizen Reporter for sale here beginning in 1902 by month. You get 4 to 5 weeks worth of newspapers to download, read, enjoy or even use in your own research for the low price of only $2 per month. We can make arrangements to upload to our secure cloud account account 1 or more years worth of newspapers or burn them to DVDs should you prefer that method. The cloud share account can only be accessed by you and will only be available for 1 week after purchase for downloading then the files will be deleted and the link no longer active. If you prefer the DVDs we are burned them in regular file format separated into folders by year and month and should be accessible for any Windows computer with a DVD player. It will take at least 3 to 5 days to mail them to you.
Please click on the links below to be taken to the year listed and buy whichever month you need for your research
Should you wish to buy a year or more at a time please fill out the box below to purchase. Once your payment has been processed we will email you instructions and the secure links for downloading or if you choose the DVD options below please make sure to type in your mailing address in the box provided.