27 March 2017

Small Town Newspapers -- a hidden gem!


Small Town Newspapers -- a hidden gem!

So many newspapers, so little time!  And, this collection is worth your time.
The other day I was getting ready to contact a library to see if they had a local newspaper (Spring Hope Enterprise) in their holdings.  None of the big newspaper sites include it.  Then, as I often do, I just did a google under the name of the newspaper + archives.  I first came across a modern archive and I needed something from back in the 1980s.  I then came across what appeared to be a different archive – I put in my person’s name and voila, next thing to pop up was the newspaper page with his obituary! 

You are probably wondering, the source of this success.  SmallTownPapers. The link takes you to a listing by state or an alphabetical listing of the newspapers included.  With only 6 newspapers found for North Carolina, I was just thrilled that the one I sought is included.


Choose from over 250 small town newspapers you can read free every week!

Browse and search the scanned newspaper archive from 1846 up to the current edition!

SmallTownPapers gives you free access to the people, places and events recorded in real time over the decades or even centuries!

In a bit of serendipity, as I researched further into this “new-to-me” resource, I discovered that Kenneth R. Mark (of The Ancestor Hunt) had just blogged the day before about additions to another collection, really service, that enables small town newspapers to digitize elements of their collections, Search 40 Million Historic U.S. Newspaper Pages for Free!

For the last 3 years I have been tracking the online collections made available by the Advantage Preservation company who has contracted with several hundred libraries across the U.S. to digitize and host their online newspaper collections.

The great majority of these links have been Incorporated in the state collection summaries found in the Newspaper Research Links page on this site. But some are so new that they have not been included as yet.  And I have just been made aware of about 150 new collections!

The most recent update of the Advantage Preservation collections now totals 434 from 37 states and is still growing. The total pages now exceed 40 million!

Kenneth actively maintains a list of links to online newspaper archives. Check them out, you may find that a newspaper of interest to you is at your fingertips.

So, in the course of a day I learned about not one and two new-to-me newspaper archives.

Makes me wonder what other newspaper gems I’ve been missing out on!





What are your favorite resources for digitized newspapers?









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