23 July 2013
With so many newspapers becoming digitized, it can be challenging (and time consuming) to check them all out! Never mind figuring out what ones exist online and what they include.
Unfortunately, GoogleTM (or other search engines) searching might yield some results from newspapers and they are not systematic, nor comprehensive. Besides Google News Archive (which does contain some really neat historic newspaper collections), you are more likely to come across current newspaper articles or abstracts.
There is a new search engine, Elephind.com, which was created to “search the world’s historical newspaper archives.” It encompasses free online newspaper collections. Currently, the coverage includes newspaper collections from
New Zealand, Singapore and the . United States
It was neat to search on “
County” and find articles in The New
York Tribune (6 April 1842), The Rutland Herald [VT] (2 May 1843), The radical
(23 November 1843) amongst the results. Missouri
You can help expand this collection by e-mailing Elephind.com with any other appropriate free online historic newspaper collections you know, firstname.lastname@example.org. Since it is a work in progress, do check back often and you can also subscribe to its mailing list.
Did you search using Elephind.com and find a newspaper article that you probably wouldn’t have come by otherwise?
Are there any other online aggregate newspaper search engines?
Other Upfront with NGS posts about newspapers:
- Understanding Terms Found in Historical Newspapers
- The Growth of Newspapers Across the U.S.: 1690-2011
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