Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) announced today that it has launched a new digital archive of newspapers, available through its Brooklyn Newsstand portal (http://newsstand.bklynpubliclibrary.org).
In collaboration with Newspapers.com, the library’s historical division – the Brooklyn Collection – is releasing the portal’s first newspaper, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, to the digital shelves of the Brooklyn Newsstand. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s archives and other newspapers added to the Brooklyn Newsstand in the future will be freely available to all BPL visitors.
The Brooklyn Newsstand will now provide the public with free access to the entire collection of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper ranging from the date of its publication in 1841 to its close in 1955. Previously, thanks to a 2001 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), BPL was able to digitize a microfilmed copy the Eagle from 1841 to 1902 and make those years searchable in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online database. As with the IMLS project, the second phase of digitization completed by Newspapers.com uses negative microfilm provided by the Library of Congress.
Anyone can access the Eagle’s archives by searching BPL’s website through the Brooklyn Newsstand portal. Users will be able to print, save, email and share any page or article they view with no extra effort or need to register.
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