A few newspaper databases

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Jan 2 18:04:16 UTC 2008

Of any interest?  A few newspaper databases, one
dating into the mid-19th century, one of
"English-language Jewish newspaper[s]" back to 1895.

 From NEHGS [New England Historic Genealogical
Society] eNews Vol. 10, No. 1, Whole # 355 January 2, 2008


Spotlight: Newspaper Databases
by Valerie Beaudrault

Many public libraries around the country have
placed newspaper databases on their websites. I
will profile these databases in eNews, as I come across them.

Cranbury Public Library

Cranbury Township is a small town in Middlesex
County, New Jersey. The Cranbury Public Library
has a number of databases on its website. Of
particular interest to genealogists and family
history researchers is The Cranbury Press
newspaper database, which covers the period 1886–1926.

Searching and viewing the newspaper is done
through Active Paper by Olive software. There is
a separate link for MAC browsers and Netscape.
Database users can browse through the individual
issues or search for keywords. Searches can be
limited by date range or by article type —
articles, pictures, and ads. You can also choose
a sort order. Click on the thumbnail images to
read the articles in the search results.

The Green Free Public Library Newspaper Archive

The Green Free Public Library is located in
Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. Wellsboro is a borough
in Tioga County, which is in the north central
part of the Commonwealth. It is the county seat.
The library has made an online newspaper archive
available to its website visitors.

There are 146,037 pages from six Wellsboro
newspapers in this database. It covers a 150-year
period. The newspaper titles included here are
Agitator (1854–1986), Bedford County Republican
(1899), Tioga Republican (1865–1873), Tioga Eagle
(1838–1919), Wellsboro Agitator (1867–1999), and Wellsboro Gazette (1874–2006).

Researchers can browse through the newspapers by
title or by date. You can also search the
database by keywords. Searches can be narrowed by
publication title or by date. The newspaper
images are in PDF format. You will need Adobe
Acrobat Reader to view them. To view the page
images click on the Adobe Acrobat icons in the search results list.

The Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project

The newspapers being digitized for The Pittsburgh
Jewish Newspaper Project are The Jewish
Criterion, The American Jewish Outlook, and The
Jewish Chronicle. The Jewish Criterion was the
first English-language Jewish newspaper in
Pittsburgh. It was a weekly newspaper that
“published articles related to national and
international political and entertainment news,
along with information concerning local social
and life-cycle events.” The American Jewish
Outlook, a similar newspaper, began publication
in 1934. They ended publication in 1962 and were
replaced by The Jewish Chronicle, which is still published today.

Newspapers for the period from 1895 through 1979
have been digitized for the database. Click on
the Browse Collection link to view individual
issues. Click on the Search Collection link to
begin a search by keyword or phrase (such as
author, title, subject, and date). Click on page
link to view a newspaper page image. You can
change the page image size by clicking on the
small, medium, or large image link in the upper
right hand corner of the webpage.

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