2018 in Review: Over 5,000 Papers Added!

2018 Year in ReviewHappy New Year! We’re so excited for what’s to come in 2019, but we wanted to pause a moment and reflect on all we accomplished in 2018. Last year we:

    • Added more than 5,000 new papers
    • More than doubled the number of titles in our archive
    • Added more than 120 million pages
    • We’re adding 10-13 million pages each month
    • We now have nearly a half a billion searchable pages – making us the largest online historical newspaper archive

In 2018 we continued to increase our international newspaper titles from Canada, England, Scotland, and Wales. We’ve also added Puerto Rico. Plus, we added new papers from the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Our archives have unlocked roadblocks in family history research and provided a unique tool for those searching for historical and academic data. Did you make an incredible discovery this year using Newspapers.com? Tell us about it! From our team to you, Happy New Years!



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2017 in Review: Over 1,300 Papers Added!

Newspapers.com 2017 Year in Review

Happy 2018! We hope you had a meaningful and productive 2017. We certainly did! Here at Newspapers.com, we are always working hard to add new papers to our offerings, and 2017 was no different. In fact, in 2017, we added 1,376 new titles! With an average of 9,203,918 pages added per month, Newspapers.com added 110,447,021 pages’ worth of new content last year! All these new titles mean that Newpapers.com now offers more than 6,000 newspapers!

The papers we added in 2017 came from 41 different states, plus Washington D.C., the UK, and Canada. For some states, we were able to add a truly impressive number of new titles. These included:

  • Alabama: 265 new titles
  • Arkansas: 151 new titles
  • Kansas: 187 new titles
  • Mississippi: 126 new titles
  • Utah: 91 new titles

But looking at which states had the most new titles added doesn’t give the whole picture. Other states had an enormous number of pages added to their collections. The top include:

  • Florida: 11,579,543 new pages
  • Indiana: 3,830,015 new pages
  • New York: 2,047,831 new pages
  • Pennsylvania: 4,827,196 new pages
  • Utah: 1,174,417 new pages

Now that Newspapers.com has more than 339 million total pages of newspaper content, the odds of finding the ancestor or information you’re looking for are better than ever! So if it’s been a while since you’ve last looked around our site, now is the perfect time to come back and explore again.

We hope you find what—or who—you’re looking for! And here’s to an even better 2018!

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Make a Difference with History Unfolded!

History Unfolded
November 9, 1938
Anti-Jewish Riots Convulse German Reich (Kristallnacht) Father Coughlin Blames Jews for Nazi Violence April 9, 1939
Marian Anderson Performs at the Lincoln Memorial June 2, 1939
Jewish Refugees Desperately Seek Safe Harbor

Looking for an easy way to make a big difference? Newspapers.com invites you to participate in the History Unfolded project run by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum!

What is History Unfolded?

History Unfolded is a project that seeks to expand our knowledge of how American newspapers reported on Nazi persecution during the 1930s and ’40s so we can better understand what Americans knew about the Holocaust as it was happening.

To help achieve this, the History Unfolded project asks people like you to search local newspapers from the 1930s and ’40s for Holocaust-related news and opinions and then submit them online to the museum. The newspaper articles you submit will be used to help shape the museum’s 2018 exhibit on Americans and the Holocaust and related educational materials. The articles will also be made available to scholars, historians, and the public.

Who Can Contribute?

Everyone! History buffs, students, teachers . . . All you need is an interest in the Holocaust and access to a newspaper from the 1930s or ’40s, either online (using Newspapers.com, for example) or through a physical archive, such as a library. Simply create an account with History Unfolded, and away you go!

How Do I Contribute?

History Unfolded has created a list of more than 30 Holocaust-related events to focus on. Choose one of these events to research, then search for content related to that topic in an American newspaper of your choice from the 1930s or ’40s. After you find an article related to one of the events, submit it online to the museum through the project’s website.

Newspapers.com and History Unfolded

You can contribute to this important project whether or not you use Newspapers.com to do so. But using Newspapers.com makes it even easier to submit the articles you find. Simply use Newspapers.com to create a clipping of an article you’ve found, then submit that clipping through the submission form on the History Unfolded website. The submission form has a special tool created specifically for Newspapers.com users that makes submitting your clipping a snap.

Your help with this project will help shape our understanding of the Holocaust and the lessons it holds for us today. For more information on how to get involved, visit the History Unfolded website.

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Introducing Publisher Extra

Publisher Extra

Many people ask us, “Why don’t you have this or that newspaper? Where can I get access to this newspaper archive?” Many times the answer is: We just don’t have the rights to that newspaper or the publisher still owns the rights to that paper so you will have to contact the publisher. Today we are introducing Newspapers.com Publisher ExtraPublisher Extra is a subscription that provides unique access to many newspapers’ archives that are still under copyright with editions as recent as last month. By working directly with publishers, we are now able to provide access to long runs and recent editions of some the most valuable papers out there.  Even if you don’t subscribe to the Publisher Extra subscription, every Newspapers.com Basic subscriber will get access to the out-of-copyright* editions for these newly added newspapers as they become available.  For more recent years you will need to upgrade to Publisher Extra. Here is a list of some of the papers available today.

Featured Newspapers with Publisher Extra Issues

Publisher Extra years – Denotes Publisher Extra years available

  • Arizona Republic (1850-1921, Publisher Extra years1923–2015)
  • Cincinnati Enquirer (1841–1922, Publisher Extra years1923–2015)
  • Courier-Journal (1830–1922, Publisher Extra years1923–2015)
  • Des Moines Register (1871–1922, Publisher Extra years1923–2015)
  • Detroit Free Press (1831–1922, Publisher Extra years1923–2015)
  • Indianapolis Star (1903–1922, Publisher Extra years1923–2015)
  • The Poughkeepsie Journal (1785–1922, Publisher Extra years1923–2015)
  • The Tennessean (1812–1922, Publisher Extra years1949–2015)
  • The Pantagraph (1848–1963, Publisher Extra years1964–2013)
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1786–1922, Publisher Extra years1923–2014)
  • Palm Beach Post (1850-1922, Publisher Extra years1923–2004)
  • The Sydney Morning Herald (1831–1955, Publisher Extra years1956–2015)
  • and many more… See complete list

We are excited to offer this one-of-a-kind subscription for those who are interested in access to longer run newspaper archives that have never been available online before. If you’re a newspaper publisher and would like to know how to work with us to get your newspaper archive online, please contact us.

*Newspapers.com Basic subscribers will still have access to the years up through 1922 and in some cases even up through 1963 for these newly added newspapers.

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Introducing Our New Viewer!

Newspapers.com News, Finds and Tips

Viewer highlights
If you’ve visited Newspapers.com recently, you’ve probably noticed our new and improved viewer when you go to look at papers on our site. The new viewer has the same features you’re familiar with, but it’s now faster and more streamlined.

One of the biggest improvements is that the new viewer, whichMobile Viewer Screenshot uses HTML 5, works on all platforms, whether you use a computer, smartphone, or tablet to access Newspapers.com. It also loads much more quickly and has more options for printing and saving. For example, you now have the option to print or save newspaper pages (or portions of pages) as a JPG or PDF. If the terms “JPG” and “PDF” don’t mean anything to you, here’s an easy way to choose which to select: If your main intention is to print out a portion of a newspaper to have as a hard copy, PDF is probably the way to go since it will include the source information and be formatted to fit letter-size paper. If, however, you want an image file without the source information to use digitally—or to print out in high resolution—JPG will likely be your best bet.

You’ll also notice some changes to the way the viewer looks. For instance, the viewer now boasts simplified tool options on the right-hand side, one of which is a button with improved brightness and contrast options. Though the zoom buttons are the most prominently displayed tools, selecting the arrow beneath the zoom buttons will expand the tools to display everything else (adjust brightness/contrast, rotate image, view full screen).

Viewer ClippingThe filmstrip at the bottom of the screen has also been improved. Not only is the separation between different days’ papers more clearly delineated, but moving from issue to issue in the filmstrip is much smoother, as it now allows scrolling. If using a computer, you just need to mouse over the arrows and it will auto-scroll the filmstrip until you move your mouse. To pin the Filmstrip open in the new viewer, simply select the pushpin icon that’s to the left of the word “Filmstrip” while the filmstrip is open.

And although the “People Interested in This Paper” feature may look like it has disappeared, it’s still easily accessible if you select the red double-arrow tab on the far right side of the viewer.

We’re pretty proud of our new viewer. If you haven’t tried it out yet, take a look and let us know what you think!

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Working with Wikipedia to better document our past

We’ve recently donated 100 subscriptions to the Wikipedia community through the Wikipedia Library, a grant-funded program which makes it easier for experienced volunteer editors to access research materials.

The Wikipedia Library

The Wikipedia Library

It’s very exciting to be involved in this new partnership which allows us to contribute to one of the most frequently used reference tools in the world, and demonstrates how historical newspapers can help improve public information about historical topics from around the world.

We asked User:We Hope, one of Wikipedia’s volunteer editors, to explain how Newspapers.com has helped with his recent contributions.

Newspapers for Wikipedia references
Since I’ve always been interested in the past and what really happened in it, I’ve tended to draw quite a bit from newspapers. For me, accessing older newspapers is like traveling back in time for facts which may have been lost to later publications.

I’ve done quite a bit of work on Wikipedia around articles, such as Red Skelton and Perry Como, where my main sources were older newspaper stories. These sources allow me to “get closer” to when they were happening and allows us to present somewhat different information on Wikipedia than may be found in books on the given subject. When working on Red Skelton, I found that two book sources listed his son’s birthdate incorrectly. A newspaper article on the boy’s death said he was ten days shy of his tenth birthday; checking California vital records showed that the newspaper story had his birthday correct.

Wikipedia is a wonderful environment for capturing this information and correcting it for public record: almost everyone visits Wikipedia for research, and providing both the older sources alongside new sources ensures that future researchers can discover the same information I did.

Exploring an old locomotive
Recently, I have gotten interested in the locomotive William Crooks, because I discovered the engine while upload public domain railroad photos and postcards to Wikimedia Commons. The old engine has an interesting history: it was built in 1861, almost destroyed by fire in 1868, and saved from the scrapyard by the Great Northern Railway’s president, James J. Hill, around the turn of the century.

When researching the Wikipedia article, a copy of an old railroad brochure about the train helped to fill in some information, as well as providing photos of the William Crooks in various places after it was officially retired. The brochure helped document its many tours made under its own power across the country, such as the 1927 Fair of the Iron Horse in Baltimore and the 1939 World’s Fair, but there still was not enough information to do much expansion of this article–not until Newspapers.com.

Having access to the older newspapers available on Newspapers.com, I have been able to add much more specific information. For example, I found an article with an interview of Albion Smith, who restored the locomotive after the 1868 fire and was one of its early engineers. Mr. Smith was instrumental in saving the old engine from the scrapyard by speaking to James J. Hill about the situation. Another interview in the article was with John J. Maher, who started as a fireman on the William Crooks Mr. Maher, helped highlight the earlier wood-burning days of the locomotive. These interviews allowed me to better document the trains transformation from wood-burner to a coal-burner. Moreover, many of my other Newspapers.com clippings I hope to further expand the article with.

William Crooks Locomotive Article

Newspapers article with interviews regarding the William Crooks

More than just individual research for articles
Having Newspapers.com access has also made it possible to verify the copyright status of comic strip images uploaded by various users over the years. Our community on Wikipedia and sister sites like the free media repository Wikimedia Commons, wants to ensure every piece of material is free from copyright claims when we publish it so it can be easily reused by our readership. We carefully screen images uploaded by our thousands of contributors to make sure the copyright statements are accurate. Sometimes older images are uploaded to Wikipedia under a public domain claim due to age, but were not in fact public domain, or couldn’t be easily checked for their copyright status, because they had been uploaded without contextual information like dates of first publication. Having access to a larger collection of newspapers provides us the needed information so that I can double-check the original publication status of the comics, and allows us to send those images Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia’s sister database of free use images, to be used and enjoyed by more people.

Freckles and His Friends

An example of one of the comics discovered on Newspapers.com

In other contexts, I am using the Newspapers.com to explore other topics, such as documenting the biographies of public figures like Ruth Etting, the stars of the Amos ‘n’ Andy television series, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, and Paul Weston, the bandleader and composer for more expansions of articles. Being able to capture all that research with clippings allows me to share them with collaborators on those articles. For example, I recently worked with fellow Wikipedian User:This is Paul to explore the life and history of murder victim Joan Robinson Hill, who was discussed in the book Blood and Money. We were really successful in expanding the article using Newspapers.com information to compile what happened after the book was published. We were also able to add some previously “lost” information to the Wikipedia-Featured Article Jo Stafford. An interview I discovered with Jo Stafford gave her first-hand account of how her hit record “Tim-tay-shun” was recorded with Red Ingle and her use of the name Cinderella G. Stump on the label.

Having access to so many sources means lots of clippings on any given subject and I find that when I start searching on a subject, I start clipping, and clipping, and clipping, because there are just so many good sources that need to be added to the Wikipedia article. If I had one “wish” for a feature to be added to Newspapers.com, it would be some type of folder system where one could sort all clippings a member had about a given subject for ease in finding when editing Wikipedia. However, all in all, this partnership has helped make more public a great deal of information about many, many different subjects and I hope we will be able to continue making these discoveries through the access to older newspapers!

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Coming Soon: A New Viewer

For the last little while we’ve been working on a new viewer for the site. It’s designed to be faster and work better on the variety of devices people use these days: desktops, phones, tablets.

The new viewer still has plenty of kinks, but we wanted to put it out there and let people start using it on their different systems and send us their feedback.

When you go to an image using your desktop or a laptop, you’ll see a blue banner at the top of the page with a button that says, “Try the new viewer.”

Try the new viewerOnce you’ve clicked that button you’ll be able use the new viewer throughout the site and give us your feedback by clicking the “Tell us what you think” link in the blue bar at the top of the viewer page.

Tell us what you think

You can always go back to the current viewer by clicking the “Return to standard viewer” link in the blue bar.

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to try the new viewer and send us your feedback. We’ll keep working to make it better.

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Introducing Fishwrap, the blog

Welcome to Fishwrap, the company blog for Newspapers.com.

We’ll use this blog to keep you up to date on new content and features we’re working on, to pass along tips for using the site, to highlight interesting things we find in and about historical newspapers and to share anything else we think you might like to know.

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We’re excited see millions of new pages coming to Newspapers.com and are working to make them easier to find and use.  If you have feedback or suggestions of things you’d like to see on the site, please send them to us.

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