The Europeana Newspapers Project Now Has 20+ Million Newspaper Pages Available Online

The Europeana Newspapers Project is a consortium of 18 partners, coordinated by the Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin). The 18 partners share the goal of making Europe’s digital historical newspapers more accessible. The consortium recently announced that 20+ million pages are available online today with 12 million of them being fully searchable by using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Eventually, all the online newspapers will be searchable. All of the content is available online free of charge.


Europeana is a multilingual internet portal and metadata aggregator that provides a single point of access to the European digital cultural heritage. Europeana holds records for more than 44 million digital objects, contributed by more than 2,500 cultural heritage institutions all across Europe. Europeana is funded by grants from the European Commission with support from its Member States. As of 2015, Europeana has become a Digital Services Infrastructure under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

Europeana Newspapers has not only produced the largest contribution of records to Europeana by a single project, but also contributed the largest ingest so far in the Europeana Data Model.

You can learn more about Europeana at

To access the 20+ million newspaper pages, start at

My thanks to newsletter reader Richard Heaton for telling me about the Europeana Newspapers Project.


In reading your article on Europeana Newspapers Project, I have a question of the How To variety. If I were to use to search a family name, (or any other apparently web wide search engine), would a “fully searchable” site be found and searched? Why and why not? With the increase in so many contributing sites saying they have put this or that online, I am interested in how/where to search shortcuts that access a high percentage of WORLDWIDE sites. 15 yrs ago I think I expected this from metasearch engines.


Does Optical Character Recognition work with Fraktur? Would I have to enter the search object in Fraktur as well? That seems to me to be the fundamental problem with most historic European print documents.


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