From the Denver Post:
Colorado’s first newspaper died four years ago, when its owner E.W. Scripps ceased publication, but the Rocky Mountain News will live forever in the Denver Public Library.
Library officials have been working on a deal with Scripps since the News printed its final edition Feb. 27, 2009, seeking total access to all of the photos and all of the text and multimedia projects that were produced by the nearly 150-year-old newspaper.
Last week, the contract was finally approved by Scripps and the Denver City Council, effectively making the library the News’ publisher.
That means 200,000 negatives from 1940 to the 1980s, 350,000 digital images from 1989 to 2009 and about 200 boxes of photographic prints as well as reporters’ notes, editors’ documents and even the News’ copyright now belong to the library.
The only thing the library didn’t get in the deal was the IP address and the logo.