Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Spotlight on the Collection - America's Historical Newspapers (new!)

Microopaque and Microfilm begone! America's Historical Newspapers (aka Early American Newspapers) is now available full-text online. This is a powerful database that provides access to American newspapers, 1690-1922. The resource makes hundreds of newspapers from around the U.S. available as searchable, online documents that provide contemporaneous accounts of events such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, westward expansion, the abolition of slavery, the women's suffrage movement and the labor movement.

Read contemporary newspaper articles about Anne Bradstreet, or an advertisement from 1774, selling poetry by Phillis Wheatley, "Negro Servant to Mr. John Wheatley of Boston, in New-England."

Search by full-text, headline, era (e.g., Gilded Age), specific date or date range, article type (e.g., news/opinion, advertisements, letters, poetry, etc.), place of newspaper publication, and individual newspaper title. The text isn't digitized, which means you'll see a facsimile of the original page.

Find America's Historical Newspapers in the "Find Articles & More" lists --> Browse by Title (A) and Browse by Topic (History).