Here's the scenario: a young man finds out about a man who died in the house he's currently living in. The year is 1942, it's in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He wants to learn more about the guy, specifically details surrounding his death. Was it common practice to keep copies of old newspapers in libraries back then, as it is now? Was that a widespread practice that was followed in that particular part of the world? Aside from newspaper archives in either the library or the paper's office, how else would he find this information? Would he need to be affiliated with a university or some such to be able to access this information? How would one even research how people researched almost 70 years ago?