November 25, 2020

Ancestry.com Releases Digitized Version of Associated Press (AP) Name and Subject Catalog (1937-1985), Includes More than 2 Million Records

From Ancestry.com:

Ancestry.com, is proud to announce a collaboration with the Associated Press that makes fifty years of news stories — in their original wire copy format — available online today.

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Available at Ancestry.com/AP, the voluminous card catalog of names and subjects links to more than [our emphasis] two million records and more than one million AP stories spanning 1937 to 1985, a resource which took Ancestry.com several years to prepare and digitize.

For Ancestry.com subscribers, the collection of AP stories adds a whole new dimension to the family history experience. Stories complement family trees and genealogical records on Ancestry.com with period news coverage that provides historical context to the times, places and people Ancestry members are researching.

Ancestry.com members will be able to search for stories by name, and then [our emphasis] click through to view a digitized copy of the full AP story.

Stories can also be searched by subject and by date.

The digitization of the AP stories will simplify the research process not only for Ancestry.com members, but also for AP journalists. Reporters and news researchers can now bypass the legacy card catalog and accompanying microfilm for a searchable set of online databases that can be accessed anywhere in the world.

In addition, the project has made available a set of internal AP publications dating back to 1904, including the staff magazine AP World, which began publication in 1943.

Read the Complete Announcement

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.

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