I have heard the National Digital Newspaper Program jokingly described as “putting breaking news online, within 200 years.” In some ways, it’s a fitting tag line: the most current newspaper pages released on Chronicling America are nearly ninety years past.
He then goes on to describe to describe a joint venture between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to digitize historic American newspapers. You can read his brief article in the Library of Congress blog at http://goo.gl/i0eKY while the Chronicling America project is available at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/. You will find thousands of old newspapers available online at that address.
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