May 19, 2022

Digitization Projects: Digital Archive of the Oldest Continually Publishing LGBT Newspaper (Bay Area Reporter) Available Online

From the Bay Area Reporter:

A digitization project to make archival issues of the Bay Area Reporter accessible online has wrapped up.

Soon every issue of the LGBT newspaper based in San Francisco published between April 1, 1971 and August 5, 2005 will be available via two internet databases. The project was overseen by the GLBT Historical Society and funded by $68,000 in grants from the Bob Ross Foundation, named after the B.A.R.’s founding publisher who died in 2003.



Project archivist Bill Levay, hired by the nonprofit LGBT historic preservation group, worked with volunteers over the last two years to manually digitize the more than 1,500 issues of the B.A.R. — more than 77,000 individual pages total — and then make them searchable by keyword using optical character recognition technology.


Now, entire issues of the B.A.R., the country’s oldest continually publishing LGBT newspaper, can be downloaded via the Internet Archive, which is based in San Francisco. It is sortable by date and can also be searched using keywords.

The other online repository is housed on the California Digital Newspaper Collection website, which is overseen by UC Riverside. On the main page of the site — type in “Bay Area Reporter” in the search prompt to pull up the archived issues. The digital collection can then be sorted by date as well as searched using keywords.

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