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Smaller Circulation Newspapers Now Available For Research: SmallTownPapers.com

February 28, 2007

I just saw this today at HNN from PR.com:

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“Newspaper Archive Digitization Program Puts Historical Content Online: Publishers turn to SmallTownPapers to provide online access to archives

San Francisco, CA, February 26, 2007 –(PR.COM)– As many newspaper publishers struggle with how to provide access to their printed archives without the content being exploited, small-market publishers are lining up to have their archives digitized and made online-accessible by SmallTownPapers, Inc. The Seattle-based company is working with more than 300 publishers from across the US to create high-quality digital images of their newspaper pages which are searchable and distributed online through defined partnerships. To date, the company has scanned more than two million newspaper pages of its 20 million page archive and its digital database is expanding daily. . . .

SmallTownPapers’ growing collection of newly-digitized historical content is a boon to the search engine community which is seeking to deliver more relevant search results by providing access to digitized printed materials like newspapers. Just as Google, Microsoft and others are beginning to scan books; SmallTownPapers is digitizing the complete archives of newspapers from small towns across America, including the current printed weekly editions. . . .

‘Our archives were previously only available to customers coming to the office, thumbing through our faded and fragile large bound volumes and placing them on a copier,’ said Cara Young from Charles Town, West Virginia’s Spirit of Jefferson Farmer’s Advocate. ‘We’re thrilled customers can now find what they’re looking for online and print out the information in their own home without having to handle the aging books.’ . . .

The SmallTownPapers archive, which includes current editions and those printed back to the 1800s, is available for online search through a distribution partnership with World Vital Records, Inc., which operates a genealogy-based research website. More than one million pages of the archive are available today with 100,000 pages added to the World Vital Records website each month.”

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I’m adding at link to the site on the right under “History Research & Documents.” – TL

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