The Vault FAQ
What is The Vault?
The Vault is a keyword-searchable archive of The Anniston Star, including editions from 1900 through the present year. These are digitized versions of the print edition of The Star, so you'll see pages exactly as they were originally printed.
How much does it cost?
Access to The Anniston Star Vault is $4.95/month or $39.95/year.
How is The Vault useful?
The Vault can be used for learning about genealogy and local history and other forms of research. The Anniston Star has been the newspaper of record for Calhoun County for more than a century, so our archives are rich with local news and history.
How do I access The Vault?
Go to https://annistonstar.newspapers.com. You can purchase a subscription for access from your home computer with the pricing above, or you can come by The Anniston Star office and get access from our Vault computer lab, at the cost of $5 per half hour.
How do I pay for The Vault?
A credit card is needed to access The Vault from your home computer. If you access The Vault from The Star's computer lab, you can pay using cash, check or credit card.
Is access to The Vault included in my print/online subscription to The Anniston Star?
No. Access to The Vault is an additional charge.
How does it work?
All the pages on The Anniston Star Vault have been indexed using Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This means that a computer has tried to identify the words on each page and produce a digital version to search. When the image is clean and in good condition, this process is very accurate and can make searching papers easy. For older papers or other papers where the image is less clear, the OCR processing may miss important words or read them incorrectly.
How do I search?
Type the name or other words you want to search for in the search box. A search will look for pages that include all the terms you put in the search box.
You can use quotation marks (") to narrow your search to results that exactly match your search and/or to limit your results to matches where the terms are right next to each other (i.e. "Eli Whitney" or "Washington Monument"). You can narrow your search by date range, as well.
You can learn more about how to use The Vault by following this link: https://annistonstar.newspapers.com/basics/
Who do I contact about problems with my account?
All technical problems should be directed to Newspapers.com. You can contact them by phone at 1-877-519-0129 or by web form.
Anything else I should know?
At this time, The Vault only provides access to archives of The Anniston Star. We are working to digitize archives our other publications (The Jacksonville News, The Piedmont Journal, The Cleburne County News, The Daily Home and the St. Clair Times) and will update when they become available.
The Vault is a partnership between The Anniston Star and newspapers.com. Billing charges on credit cards will come from newspapers.com.