A somewhat related announcement hit the wires last week, but I didn.t have time to include it until this issue. Google has greatly expanded its efforts to index and make available the contents of centuries worth of newspapers, which will be a treasure trove of information for numismatic researchers. -EditorFor more than 200 years, matters of local and national significance have been conveyed in newsprint -- from revolutions and politics to fashion to local weather or high school football scores. Around the globe, we estimate that there are billions of news pages containing every story ever written. And it's our goal to help readers find all of them, from the smallest local weekly paper up to the largest national daily.
The problem is that most of these newspapers are not available online. We want to change that.
Today, we're launching an initiative to make more old newspapers accessible and searchable online by partnering with newspaper publishers to digitize millions of pages of news archives.
Not only will you be able to search these newspapers, you'll also be able to browse through them exactly as they were printed -- photographs, headlines, articles, advertisements and all.
This effort expands on the contributions of others who've already begun digitizing historical newspapers. In 2006, we started working with publications like the New York Times and the Washington Post to index existing digital archives and make them searchable via the Google News Archive. Now, this effort will enable us to help you find an even greater range of material from newspapers large and small, in conjunction with partners such as ProQuest and Heritage, who've joined in this initiative. One of our partners, the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, is actually the oldest newspaper in North America . history buffs, take note: it has been publishing continuously for more than 244 years.
Stories we've scanned under this initiative will appear alongside already-digitized material from publications like the New York Times as well as from archive aggregators, and are marked "Google News Archive." Over time, as we scan more articles and our index grows, we'll also start blending these archives into our main search results so that when you search Google.com, you'll be searching the full text of these newspapers as well.
This effort is just the beginning. As we work with more and more publishers, we'll move closer towards our goal of making those billions of pages of newsprint from around the world searchable, discoverable, and accessible online.
To read the complete article, see: Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/bringing
I ran a couple queries for fun:
From July 27, 1896
Old Coin Found In An Ohio Rock; It Bears Date 1243, and a Curious Story Is Told of It.
From February 28, 1962:
Mint's Antique Machines Can't Meet Coin Demand: Americans are spending money so fast even the United States mint can't keep up.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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