September 10, 2008

Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time

Google just announced an initiative to make more old newspapers accessible and searchable online by partnering with newspaper publishers to digitize millions of pages of news archives.

With this latest project historians and genealogists will be able to find and read an original article from any year available in their partner newspapers. That means articles from before the Internet existed.

Google notes that two of their partners are ProQuest and Heritage. One of their partners, the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, is the oldest newspaper in North America — publishing for more than 244 years.

Readers will be able to access this content with a search of the Google News Archive or by using the timeline feature after searching Google News.

Google's stated goal is "making those billions of pages of newsprint from around the world searchable, discoverable, and accessible online."

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