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Archive for December, 2007

19th Century British Library Newspapers

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 7 December 2007

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The Library now has access to the British Library’s digital collection of 19th Century Newspapers.

The collection contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent 19th century Britain. It includes national and regional newspapers, as well as those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection.

Newspaper images can be magnified for easier reading, printed or emailed.

NYPL Digital Gallery

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 5 December 2007

ice-sitting-contest.jpgThe New York Public Library Digital Gallery provides free and open online access to over 550,000 images of historical materials from its collections. The collections can be searched or browsed and images may be freely downloaded for personal, research and study purposes. Collections include ephemeral materials such as posters, postcards, menus, cigarette cards and popular song sheet covers; photographic archives on a wide range of subjects; real estate plans, maps and atlases; scientific and medical illustration; and The Picture Collection of the New York Public Library – over 30,000 images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, created mostly before 1923 and selected from the over 1,000,000 images in the Mid-Manhattan Library’s Picture Collection.