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American history online.

Within a few years, anyone with an Internet connection will be able to access millions of pages from old U.S. newspapers.

In 2006, the National Digital Newspaper Program will make available the first batch of what will eventually include 30 million digitized pages from papers published from 1836 through 1922, according to USA Today. Currently, the only way to view old papers is to pore through thousands of microfilm reels at the Library of Congress, regional libraries, and newspaper offices.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is working on the project with the Library of Congress. The span of the joint project is limited because the typefaces printers used before 1836 are too difficult for optical scanners to read, and because copyright restrictions apply to papers published after 1923; however, USA Today reports that the Library of Congress is undertaking a separate, broader project to preserve records of U.S. newspapers dating from the late 1600s.

The Library of Congress has already compiled a small sample. It has digitized issues of the U.S. military newspaper "Stars and Stripes" published during World War I, February 1918 to June 1919.
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Title Annotation:News, Trends & Analysis; newspaper and periodical collections
Author:Swartz, Nikki
Publication:Information Management Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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