[Ads-l] Newspaperarchive.com (UNCLASSIFIED)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 4 19:31:35 UTC 2014

  I think you meant to write newspapers.com instead of newspaper.com.
The relationships between the major databases are not clear to me. If
you subscribe to newspapers.com then you can follow the link below and
you will find located at the bottom of the page image a
NewspaperARCHIVE trademark label.


There is a substantial overlap of content, but I have found issues of
newspapers in the newspapers.com database that are not in the
newspaperarchive.com database.

Perhaps the companies ran many of the same microfilm spools through
different microfilm scanners and used different OCR algorithms.
Certainly, the customer-facing interfaces are quite different. In
addition, both have some kind of relationship with Ancestry.com.


On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US)
<william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
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> I just noticed something which may be of interest to some of the list.
> I don't have a direct subscription to Newspaperarchive.com, but I can acces=
> s their papers through the Mid-Continent Public Library and through WorldVi=
> talRecords.com.
> I would have thought that they would give the same results, but they don't.=
>   To be exhaustive, I need to search through both of them -- one can provid=
> e hits that the other one does not.
> Now I wonder how consistent a search directly through Newspaperarchive's ow=
> n search engine is with either of the two library proxies.
> Results for "kid canfield" in West Virginia during the 1930s (Canfield was =
> a vaudeville performer who died during a radio interview in Bluefield on 3/=
> 12/1935):
> MCPL:  9 hits
> WVR:  45 hits, at least 10 of which are "good" hits, with multiple false po=
> sitives (it treats "kid canfield" which should be a phrase, as kid + canfie=
> ld)
> NA: 9 hits (without a subscription, I can't see anything other than a repor=
> ted total)
> Newspaper.com, whose collection seems to substantially overlap that of News=
> paperarchive, reports 7 hits. All of them are included in the Newspaperarch=
> ive results above.
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