Sunday, December 11, 2016

Chronicling America Expands Dates & States

Chronicling America, the Library of Congress (LOC) database of American newspapers offering millions of digitized newspaper pages published 1789-1924, will be expanding in 2017, according to a LOC press release.  The current 11.4 million page database will grow with the addition of early American papers (from 1690) and modern era (through 1963) papers without copyright protection. According to the press release, anything published before 1923 is in the public domain, while from 1923 to 1963, materials fall into the public domain if their publishers have not renewed their copyrights. Lack of copyright protection must be proven for materials to be added.  Additionally, four new state partners were added: Alaska, Colorado, Maine and New Jersey.

I have had some success locating some smaller and limited run Missouri newspapers at Chronicling America.  The Sedalia Bazoo was the most exciting find.  The paper ran as a daily 1886-1881, and a weekly thereafter through 1904.  The October 22, 1889 Sedalia Weekly Bazoo carried the story of my great great uncle's death with details I had yet to find anywhere else. 

Chronicling America is a great resource, not only of digitized pages but also of determining where current copies of newspapers might be found on microfilm and original hard copy.  Here is the Sedalia Bazoo page that shows locations and the approximate date ranges for the paper.

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