State makes it eas­ier to search historical news­pa­pers

The Olympian - - Local - BY THE OLYMPIAN STAFF

Stu­dents, his­tory buffs, ge­neal­o­gists and re­searchers will have a much eas­ier time find­ing old news­pa­per ar­ti­cles be­cause of a new web­site launched by the Wash­ing­ton State Li­brary.

The li­brary, a divi­sion of the Sec­re­tary of State’s Of­fice, has cre­ated a new site for the Wash­ing­ton Dig­i­tal News­pa­pers pro­gram: Wash­ing­ton dig­i­tal news­pa­pers.org.

The site al­lows peo­ple to search more than 400,000 pages from the li­brary’s col­lec­tion of his­toric Wash­ing­ton news­pa­pers. It has im­proved search re­sults on dark or dam­aged pages, al­lows sub­ject tags to be at­tached to ar­ti­cles, and al­lows re­searchers to save their search his­tory.

“This new re­source pro­vides stu­dents and other re­searchers with ac­cess to a rich trove of pub­li­ca­tions across decades of Wash­ing­ton his­tory,” State Li­brar­ian Cindy Aden said in a news re­lease. “Through view­ing these his­toric dig­i­tized news­pa­pers, it’s pos­si­ble to un­der­stand im­por­tant Wash­ing­ton ex­pe­ri­ences as they were viewed by the peo­ple who lived them.”

The State Li­brary’s news­pa­per col­lec­tion in Olympia con­tains more than 6,500 news­pa­per ti­tles, in­clud­ing more than 50,000 reels of mi­cro­film and news­pa­pers in Ger­man, Viet­namese, Dan­ish, and Greek.

The pro­gram is sched­uled to add ap­prox­i­mately 100,000 new news­pa­per pages to the dig­i­tal col­lec­tion each year, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

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