The major news this week was the death of Osama bin Laden, we link to the Newseum’s newspaper front page archive to examine reactions around the world (see also the front pages from September 12, 2011). In other news, a recent study finds National History Day students outperforming their peers, EDSITEment has a number of new items on their site for May, and the Webby awards recognize the sites of a number of history related organizations. We link to three archives links: an online Nazi-era records database, the papers of environmental activist Ellen Stern Harris, and comic-strip archivist Bill Blackbeard.
The University of Florida Libraries Digital Collections has established a Digital Military Newspaper Library.
This pilot project features contemporary and historic military newspapers from Naval and Air Force bases in Florida, Georgia, the Panama Canal, and Cuba, including the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The collection is searchable by keyword or by several different categories such as title, author, location and date of publication, or target audience. The full text of all articles can also be searched, or you can simply browse the collection, which now has 22 titles and a couple thousand issues.
While traditional newspapers may not be the way of the future, they were definitely the way of the past. Here on AHA Today we’ve profiled a number of sites that feature digitized newspapers. Today, we round up some of those past posts and reconnect you to those resources. Know of other online digitized newspapers? Let us know in the comments.
This year marks the 23rd anniversary of National Women’s History Month and the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. The New York Times has thousands of articles, editorials, and letters documenting both advocates of and opponents to the women’s suffrage movement.
The HerStory Scrapbook makes accessible pieces from the New York Times during “the final four years of the women’s suffrage campaign,” many centering on both the National American Woman Suffrage Association, founded in 1890 by Lucy Stone and Susan B.
The staff at Google have now posted information about the status of the newspapers obtained from the Paper of Record. As we reported last month, a number of members were deeply distressed after these materials were taken off line and they could not find out about their status.
According to a member of the Google staff, 4.91 million articles from 522 titles obtained from Paper of Record are now live on Google News Archive search (though he adds the caveat that “all articles from these titles may not be comprehensively available, but will otherwise be made available in browse-only mode within 3 months.”)
Another half million additional pages from 381 titles are projected to be available in “browse-only mode within 3 months.” These materials “were of low quality, and we were therefore unable to get quality text after following the OCR process.
The digital archive called “Paper of Record”—a significant repository of old newspapers from around the world—disappeared in late January, leaving many historians without a critical tool for their research.
“The site was simply essential for historians working on the history of Mexico,” according to Richard Salvucci, an economic historian at Trinity University. “We finally had a systematic way of getting at those sources, and now suddenly they are gone.” According to Salvucci, the site provided both scanned copies of historical papers from Mexico and a search engine that allowed historians to keyword search their contents.
Yesterday the Official Google Blog announced the launch of Google’s newspaper digitization project, a new initiative meant to digitize millions of newspapers and make them available online. It sounds similar to the Google Books project, in scope and ambition, which along with excitement and praise, has also drawn its fair share of criticisms (for instance, see Robert B. Townsend’s concerns in “Google Books: What’s Not to Like?”). Will some of the issues of Google Books, like poor scan quality and faulty metadata, be attended to in this new project?
While the physical Newseum, the interactive museum of news, is yet to open in D.C., its web site is very much up and running. One of the features available there may be of interest to historians and curious news junkies alike: an archive of front pages that captures events of historical significance.