Featured website: www.earlyamerica.com

August 5, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

As collectors of historic newspapers, we are always on the lookout for websites which blend history with early newspaper reporting.  One such site is Archiving Early America.   It describes itself as follows:

Archiving Early America

Your Window To Early America

Here at Archiving Early America, you will discover a wealth of resources — a unique array of primary source material from 18th Century America. Scenes and portraits from original newspapers, maps, writings come to life on your screen just as they appeared to this country’s forebears more than two centuries ago.

As you browse through these pages, you will find it easier to understand the people, places and events of this significant time in the American experience.

We particularly appreciate Pages From The Past, which provides examples of various historic newspapers.  Although not directly related to newspapers, their digit library is also worthy of mention.  Enjoy.

Digital newspaper archives…

May 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Many collectors of historic newspapers often collect issues based upon desired content.  If the content is relatively common or is within a clearly defined (and small) time frame, finding issues to collect may not be too difficult.  However, if the desired content appeared within issues only occasionally and/or over large spans of time, finding desired issues can be quite difficult.  For example, if someone is looking for issues with Moon landing content, since the dates are precise, the task of location issues can be easy.  In contrast, if what is being collected are pre-1800 mentions of Georgia, the task can be quite daunting.

However, with the continued growth of the internet also comes ever increasing access to digital archives of newspapers from throughout the world.  While some are only available for a fee, the quantity of free archives continues to soar.  Wikipedia has begun to assemble a list of both types.  It can be viewed at:

Wikipedia: List of online newspaper archives