Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tuesday's Tip - Historical Newspapers at Chronicling America

This week's Tuesdays Tip is:  Use the FREE Historical Newspaper Collection at the Library of Congress' Chronicling America website.

The Chronicling America site is http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.  

The site has a Directory of the newspapers published since 1690 at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/.  A user can identify what titles existed for a specific place and time.  There are over 140,000 titles listed.

The currently available newspapers in the digital image collection are listed on the Advanced Search page (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/).  The user can select a specific state or a specific newspaper.  The list of newspapers does not provide the dates available in the digital image collection.  There are newspaper digital page images available from 1836 to 1922, but not every newspaper listed covers those dates.

Unfortunately, there are digital page images from newspapers for only 25 states plus the District of Columbia.  Hopefully, more newspaper collections will be added in the future.

Users can search for pages using keywords on Basic or Advanced Search forms.  They can restrict the search to a specific state, or city, or newspaper, or date range.  Page images can be saved as a JPG or PDF file, or printed.  

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Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver  


Magda said...

Never knew about "chronicling........" Thanks !

ceddle said...

As hard as I tried I couldn't find even one paragraph that was readable!

Randy Seaver said...


did you select the page, and then Zoom into the page to see the content?

Which newspaper did you try to look at?