Vintage LW newspapers available online
by Margaret Gillon
president, LW Historical Society
Archived issues of the Leisure World Weekly newspaper, formerly called the LW News, are now online at the LW Library, thanks to the Leisure World Historical Society.
Residents can access the papers using the following URLs:
• 1963-July 1999— Free at the library or with a paid subscription at https:// leisureworldnews.newspapers.com/
• August 1999-July 2010— Issues are now being digitized at newspapers.com and are scheduled to be online by 2024.
• 2010 August-2022 November— Free at the California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) from any computer
(use the title feature and set to LW Weekly)
at https://cdnc.ucr.edu/What’s Available
• 1963-July 1999 Issues Early issues of the first 36 years of the Golden Rain Seal Beach Leisure World News, 1963 to June 1999, were released on newspapers.com in July 2022. There are 59,197 newspaper pages available to search. Because the files are digitized and the content has been made searchable with OCR software, the digital copies can be easily searched for names and events.
Residents who had relatives who lived here in the past will be able to search for articles about their families.
Researchers will be able to review a detailed record of events in the LW community as it grew and matured. Now, through a special arrangement with newspapers.com, shareholders can search these newspapers for free at the Leisure World Library. To access the newspapers, type in the URL— https://leisureworldnews. newspapers. com/ —exactly as it is written. This will bring up all the newspapers. Filters can be set to search by date or name.
To learn how to use the search options, use the tutorials at the newspaper.com site or go to youtube.com and search for “tutorials newspapers.com.” Keep in mind that library staff is not responsible for these websites. They are happy to assist patrons with basic issues that occur while patrons are using their machines like “How do I print this?” or “My computer is stuck,” but prospective users of these websites will need to spend the time to get to know the website themselves.
The LW Genealogy Club has a subscription to newspapers. com that can be used on the computers in the Genealogy Library in Clubhouse 3. A Genealogy Club membership is required to use the Genealogy Library.
• 2010 August-2022 No- vember issues
The LW Weekly has been publishing digital editions of the newspaper since 2010. Last year, a copy of these issues was uploaded into the California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) at University of California, Riverside. This is a public website that anyone can access without having to pay for using the site.
To search for newspapers at this site use the title filter and search for the common title “LW Weekly.” If you do not use the filter, the key words entered will be searched for in all publications in this database.
New issues of the LW Weekly will be uploaded into the CDNC twice a year. There are more tutorials on how to use this site under the HELP button on the CDNC web site’s home page.
Articles from newspapers. com and the CDNC can be saved by the user. Both sites have a download option.
Patrons at the Leisure World Library can print articles to the library printers for a small fee. Patrons can bring a flash drive to the LW Library and download the articles onto the drive to take with them.
The Leisure World Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) Educational Foundation founded and dedicated to preserving the history of Leisure World. Help make history live; tell your story; donate memorabilia.
The Historical Society is located in Clubhouse 1 and is open every Thursday from 2-4 p.m. Visit its website at LWHistory. org or SealBeachLeisureWorld-History.org.