State Library contributes more historic newspapers to national project

The Washington State Library recently contributed another 50,000 historic newspaper pages from nine newspapers to Chronicling America, making Washington State's...

The Washington State Library recently contributed another 50,000 historic newspaper pages from nine newspapers to Chronicling America, making Washington State’s contribution to the program a total of 16 titles and 92,000 pages.

Chronicling America is a project of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

There are now 16 newspapers from Washington State currently included in Chronicling America: Cayton’s Weekly, 1917-1921; Colfax Gazette, 1900-1912; Colville Examiner, 1907-1922; Commonwealth (Everett), 1911-1914; Daily Republican (Seattle), 1896; Leavenworth Echo, 1904-1922; Pullman Herald, 1888-1922; The Ranch (Yakima), 1894; The Ranch (Seattle), 1902-1914; Ranche and Range (Yakima), 1897-1902; The Republican (Seattle), 1896-1898; San Juan Islander, 1899-1914; Seattle Republican, 1900-1913; Tacoma Times, 1903-1918; Washington Farmer (Spokane), June 15, 1914; and Yakima Herald, 1893-1912. People can read and research issues from these and other newspapers around the U.S. for free at http://www.chroniclingamerica.loc.gov .

“These historic newspapers are a rich resource for historians, genealogists and other researchers,” said State Librarian Jan Walsh. “They provide names, dates, images and tell the story of a community or region in such a comprehensive way. They bring local history alive.”

Chronicling America provides free and open access to more than 2.3 million full-text searchable pages from 295 titles published between 1860 and 1922 in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The Washington State Library’s National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant was recently renewed through June of 2012, allowing more pages from other newspapers around Washington State to be uploaded over the next two years.

“It’s exciting to have this collection in Chronicling America,” said Deputy State Librarian Marlys Rudeen. “It will give researchers the ability to search across multiple collections of newspapers from various states at once.”

Part of the mission and purpose of the Washington State Library is to collect, preserve and make accessible to Washingtonians materials on the government, history, culture and natural resources of the state. The Washington State Library is a division of the Office of Secretary of State.

For more information, visit the library’s Web site at http://www.sos.wa.gov/library .

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