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Spotlight: Various Newspaper Databases

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Boca Raton Historical Society, Florida

 

Boca Raton is located on the Atlantic coastline in Palm Beach County, Florida. The city was incorporated in 1925. The Boca Raton Historical Society has made several newspaper databases available on its website.

 

The historical society collection includes what they term "hometown newspapers." The titles are The Tattler (June–September 1938), The Pelican (1949–1953), and the Boca Raton News (1955–1970). The Historical Society is the only institution that holds these earlier issues of the Boca Raton News. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the issues. 

 

The site also provides a link to the Palm Beach Coast newspaper archive, which is part of the Google historic newspaper archive. This resource covers the period from 1897 through 1988. The following newspapers are included: The Palm Beach Post and Times (1916–1988), The Palm Beach Daily News (1912–1988), The Miami News/Miami Metropolis (1897–1988), The Tropical Sun (1897–1921), and The Palm Beach Independent (1929).

 

Middletown Township Public Library, New Jersey

 

Middletown Township is located in Monmouth County on the eastern coast of New Jersey. The Middletown Township Public Library has made a free newspaper database available on its website. To access the database you should first click on the Do Research link in the contents list on the homepage. Next click on the Newspapers link in the alphabetical listing and scroll down to the Red Bank Register link.

 

The Middletown Township Public Library and Red Bank Public Library have collaborated to digitize the entire run of the Red Bank Register (1878–1964) and the Daily Register (1964–1991). The database has been divided into two sections: June 27, 1878 to December 26, 1923 and January 2, 1924 to November 13, 1991 (the date of the final issue). To access the database, choose a link above the database description. The database can be browsed by date or searched by word or phrase. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the newspapers. To search the database, enter a word or phrase in the search box. Using one of the dropdown boxes you can choose to search the entire database or limit your search by groups of years. The search results include a PDF image of the newspaper and information about how many times your search term(s) appears in the issue.

 

Whittier Public Library, California

 

Whittier is located about twelve miles southeast of the city of Los Angeles in southern California. The Whittier Public Library has made two digital collections available on its website – Historical Photographs and Historical Newspapers. Click on the Whittier History Digital Collections link to access them.

 

The newspaper collection contains digitized issues of Whittier newspapers, including the Whittier Daily News, the Whittier Register, and the Whittier News, dating back to 1888. There are newspapers for nearly every year between 1888 and 1942, with a gap between 1927 and 1934. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the newspapers. The newspaper collection can be searched by keyword or browsed by year. When you click on the browse link you may find that the results state “No Records Found.” If this happens you should close the digital collections main page, reopen it from the library homepage, and start to browse by year.

 

The Whittier Historical Photograph Collection includes digitized images of Whittier from the late 1800s to the middle of the 20th century. The photo collection can be searched by keyword or browsed. When you click on the browse link you may find that the results state “No Records Found.” If this happens you should choose the Browse tab on the left side of the page and then click on the Browse all Digital Archive Documents link to access three photograph collections folders. Click on the individual folders to view the collections.


Posted by Jean Powers at 03/20/2012 03:00:00 AM | 


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