January 21, 2022

Digitized Newspapers Are "The Biographers New Best Friend"

From a NY Times Op/Ed by Steven Mihm:

Several campaigns to digitize newspapers — Readex’s “American Historical Newspapers” available by subscription at research universities, or the free “Chronicling America” collection available at the Library of Congress — have the potential to revolutionize biographical research. Newspapers are often described as the “first draft of history,” and thanks to these new tools, biographers can tap them in ways that an earlier generation of scholars could only have dreamed of.


Above all, without a clear understanding of the sources you’re searching in the first place, it’s hard to harness the power of digital archives. Simply typing in a name is akin to using Google: you may turn up material, but unless you know how to fit it all together, it’s next to worthless.

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Hat Tip/Thanks: @Readex

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.