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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Brewster Public Library, New York

rewster is a village in the town of Southeast, which is located in the southeastern part of Putnam County, New York. The Brewster Public Library has made a newspaper database available on its website. Click on the Databases tab and select Brewster Standard from the drop down list to access it.

The Brewster Standard was a weekly newspaper that covered the news of Brewster, Southeast, Tilly Foster, Sodom, Patterson, Carmel, Mahopac, Somers, North Salem, and Croton Falls, New York, and Danbury, Connecticut. The database covers the period from 1870 through 1982.Click on the “on line edition” link to open the search page. Enter keywords in the search box, and, to search for a phrase, place quotes around the words. Instructions are given for advanced searches. I offer an additional search tip: to search a particular year, be sure to include the year in your keywords. Click on the title link in the search results to display the corresponding newspaper page as a PDF. You can search within the document for key words or phrases by clicking the icon at the top left of the viewable page — the icon may be a magnifying glass or binoculars, depending on your version of Adobe Reader.

Sadie Pope Dowdell Library, New Jersey

The Sadie Pope Dowdell Library is located in South Amboy, which is on Raritan Bay in Middlesex County, New Jersey. The library has made a digital version of the South Amboy Citizen newspaper, from 1910 to 2000, available on its website. The database is split into two parts. The first covers 1910 through 1943. To begin a search in this time period, select a year from the drop down list. Then select the month and date to access a PDF file containing the issue. Click on The South Amboy Citizen (1944–2000) link to access files for this later period. Click on a year to access a PDF file of an individual issue.The issues may be searched by clicking on the binoculars icon on the left side of the page or by using the Find function under the Edit menu. Please note that the library’s website states that you will need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files properly.

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