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Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Library of Congress, Chronicling America Newspaper Project reaches 10 Million Pages

Here is a quote from the press release dated 7 October 2015,
Online Resource of Historic Newspapers Posts 10 Millionth Page 
Chronicling America, a free, online searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers, has posted its 10 millionth page. 
Launched by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2007, Chronicling America provides enhanced and permanent access to historically significant newspapers published in the United States between 1836 and 1922. It is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a joint effort between the two agencies and partners in 40 states and territories. 
"Chronicling America is one of the great online treasures, a remarkable window into our history and a testament to the power of collaborative efforts among cultural institutions nationwide. The Library of Congress is proud to work alongside NEH and all our partner institutions to make this vision a growing reality," said Mark Sweeney, Associate Librarian for Library Services. "In the coming years, we look forward to adding newspapers from the remaining states and territories as new partners join the program."
To be exact, the number today is 10,001,037 pages. These pages are completely searchable by every word, the images are very good, and the pages can be downloaded.

This particular collection is not large compared to some of the commercially available online digital newspaper collections, but the content is very useful. I frequently find my ancestors in the Library of Congress collection. I also find newspapers and articles that do not turn up in some of the much larger commercial collections.

Here is the link to the collection: Chronicling America, Historic American Newspapers.

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