Wednesday, November 17, 2004

National Digital Newspaper Program

Link - The government promises anyone with a computer will have access within a few years to millions of pages from old newspapers, a slice of American history to be viewed now only by visiting local libraries, newspaper offices or the nation's capital. The first of what's expected to be 30 million digitized pages from papers published from 1836 through 1922 will be available in 2006. "Anyone who's interested --- teachers, students, historians, lawyers, politicians, even newspaper reporters -- will be able to go to their computer at home or at work and at a click of a mouse get immediate, unfiltered access to the greatest source of our history," said Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. (ResourceShelf points out that ProQuest has already digitized the complete archives of several major newspapers. And also recommends Cold North Wind, Gale, and NewspaperARCHIVE.com.)

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