The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Friday, August 22, 2003
Online historical newspaper archives - few and well-hidden!
The priceless quality of a contemporary newspaper account is twofold:
However, decent collections are carefully corralled behind pay-only barriers.
Free collections (that I've found) are few and far between.
Hats off to Brooklyn Library, the Crimson guys and Utah U for their initiative. But it's an eclectic bunch, by any criterion! The problem is made worse by the fact that, so far as I can see, there is no comprehensive listing of such free online historical newspaper archives as exist.
The lack of a decent etext effort from the two main national libraries of the anglophone world is an utter disgrace (compared to the sterling effort made by the Paris Bibliothèque nationale). An enormous trick was lost when a proper slice of funding for millennium projects was not devoted to getting printed heritage online.
Still, as Oscar Hammerstein said, Be thankful for the things they got...
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