Staten Island Historical Newspapers Now Online

The New York Public Library just posted more than 9,000 pages from The Richmond County Advance online, covering the years 1886 to 1910. Find them at nypl.org/sinewspapers. This “NYPL Innovation Project” began with the scanning of the Advance from the collections of Historic Richmond Town. It is the largest batch of historical Staten Island papers ever posted to the Web — and it is changing the way we explore the Island’s past. The Advance joins the Richmond County Mirror online, which was previously posted by the New York Public Library.

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Historical newspapers can be useful to many different people:

  • Genealogists seeking information about ancestors will find a treasure trove of information about the Island’s early residents.
  • Students and teachers can learn about how national and global events affected their own communities.
  • Scientists seeking to model changes in the climate can easily trace local weather events back to the 1800s.
  • Historians can follow the development of Island social and political issues across the decades. Very often these newspapers are the only record left of significant historical events.

You can read more about this new collection at https://goo.gl/WrVLVV.

My thanks to newsletter reader Joy Schwarz for telling me about this new online resource.

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