May 24, 2022

ProQuest Expands Historical Newspaper Collection With American Jewish Newspapers

Just in time for Rosh Hashanah!*** (-:

From a ProQuest Announcement:

The world’s largest digital newspaper archive is expanding to provide researchers with access to unique, targeted perspectives on the news as ProQuest digitizes collections of historic American Jewish and regional newspapers.  The papers, dating from 1841 and covering regions such as Boston, the Ohio valley and New York City will be added to ProQuest’s Historical Newspaper collection.

ProQuest is developing a new area of coverage with the digitization of three important American Jewish newspapers. Available now are The Jewish Advocate and The American Hebrew/Jewish Messenger. The Jewish Advocate is the oldest, continuously-circulating Jewish newspaper in America. A Boston-based weekly that was an essential information source to Jewish homes throughout New England, its content is a unique resource for researchers for its early recognition of the danger Hitler’s rise to power posed for Jewish people and the efforts organizations took to support Jewish refugees. The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger dates from 1857 and provides a close look at the Jewish abolitionist movement in America before and during the Civil War. Both papers also provide a look at the evolution of religion over the course of 100 years.

Later this year, ProQuest will begin adding the Jewish Exponent (years 1887 through 1990). Digitization of the Jerusalem Post (1932 through 1988) will add an international complement.

In other ProQuest Newspaper Digitization News Two New Databases:

  • Newsday (1940 through 1984; NYC Metro with Focus on Long Island)
  • Cincinnati Enquirer (1841 through 1922)

*** Gary here. Shirl Kennedy and I would like to wish those of you celebrating Rosh Hashanah (beginning tomorrow night) a happy, healthy, safe, and peaceful new year. L’Shanah Tovah!

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.