Thursday, January 18, 2007

Project hopes to preserve old newspapers

This is a digitized page from the San Francisco Call that can be accessed online thanks to the California Newspaper Project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and managed by the Library of Congress. Cathy Cockrell of the UC Berkeley public affairs office explains explains in this story about the efforts of librarians to save old newspapers by digitizing them and putting them online. She quotes UC Riverside history professor Henry Snyder as saying, "Newspapers are the most important printed record for local history in the U.S. ... They are the most-used media held by local libraries, used by everyone from schoolkids doing homework up to seniors doing genealogical research."

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