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Digitized Newspapers: New from LoC and Other Resources

Over on our ResourceShelf.com site we’ve recently posted on several newspaper and book digitization projects.

Here’s info (and of course, links) to a couple of them.

New today (official launch tomorrow night) is the debut of the Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers database and directory from the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities. The project (beta release) includes over 260,000 digitized newspaper pages and a nicely structured and searchable directory of newspaper info back to 1790.

Newspapers in the public domain from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910 are part of the database. More content to come. You can also find information about specific newspapers back to 1690.

Next, we are happy to report that it’s once again easy (no registration required) to access the FREE “special collections” from NewspaperARCHIVE.com.

These collections contain the full text and full images of thousands of digitized newspaper pages. Delivered as PDF files.

Not only keyword searchable but many collections offer browsable timelines. Btw, full text access to a large portion of the entire NewspaperARCHIVE database (over 60 million pages) remains available to K-12 schools and public libraries at NO CHARGE.

More here!

Btw, the current list of free special collections includes the following topics:

+ Abraham Lincoln
+ Asbestos
+ Chocolate Wars
Content Coming Soon.
+ Earthquakes
+ Global Warming
+ Holocaust
+ Immigration
+ Kennedy Assassination
+ Martin Luther King, Jr.
+ Outlaw
+ Pro Baseball
+ Ronald Reagan
+ San Antonio, Texas
+ September 11
+ Space Program
+ Target America
+ Hurricanes
+ Pearl Harbor
+ Terrorism
+ Titanic
+ Tornado
+ Winter Games