Monthly Archives: August 2013

Updated Guide to Digitized Virginia Newspapers

Map of Digitized Virginia Newspapers

View Virginia Newspaper Project – Holdings Map in a larger map

We just updated the map above to show the locations throughout the Commonwealth where we have digitized newspapers.  Click on the blue marker and it will show you the titles we have digitized in that locality.  Click on the linked title of the newspaper, and that will take you to chroniclevirginia.com where you can view the digitized issues.

Of course, the Library of Virginia has thousands more titles that haven’t been digitized yet, but are available in microfilm via inter-library loan.  Check our Newspapers in Virginia database to see what we have on microfilm and in original format.… read more »

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An Introduction to 19th Century American Newspapers

The University of Illinois has recently posted a couple videos that discuss the history and evolution of newspapers in the US.  They are well done and informative.

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Lucky Number 13

The Virginia Newspaper Project has just added thirteen titles to Virginia Chronicle, the Library of Virginia’s newspaper repository and database.  Jeffersonian Republican Critic Campaign

The titles are:

The Commercial Bulletin (Richmond)
Jeffersonian Republican (Charlottesville)
The Amherst Progress (Amherst)
The Campaign (Richmond)
Afro-American Churchman (Petersburg)
The Critic (Richmond)
The Evening News (Harrisonburg)
Evening Truth (Richmond)
The Baptist Union (Danville)
The Missionary Weekly (Richmond)
The Roanoke Baptist Union (Danville)
The Children’s Friend (Richmond)
Virginia Farmer (Emporia)

Just click on the link for Virginia Chronicle and you’re on your way to hours of fascinating reading and research with over 300,000 Virginia imprint newspaper pages to choose from.

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Excavating the Collections–Using the Virginia Newspaper Project Database

Sometimes, trying to figure out what libraries have in their collections is like excavating for buried artifacts. The Virginia Newspaper Project database provides a well organized and easy to use bibliography of American newspapers held in some of Virginia’s largest academic institutions. The database makes it easy to find newspapers in the collections of not only the Library of Virginia, but also contains information for the newspaper collections of UVA, Virginia Tech, William and Mary, Virginia Union, VCU, and the University of Richmond, among others.  While many newspapers have been digitized, many more are on microfilm, so it’s important to remember microfilm when using newspapers for research. To search the newspaper database, click here.VNPbib

 

Once you reach the bibliography, you can search for newspapers by county, city, state or country.  For example, to find newspapers published in Amherst county, click the county menu and choose Amherst:County

Once you have chosen the county, click the “County” button:County

A list of newspapers published in Amherst County will display with some bibliographic information. A list of institutions who have specific titles will appear as well, along with microfilm and hard copy holdings information:List 1

If, for example, you’d like to see what the Library of Virginia has in original format of the Amherst Enterprise, click on the Library of Virginia highlighted in blue:Holdings 1

This action will display holdings for Library of Virginia. In this case, the Library has both original and microfilm copies of the Amherst Enterprise:Holdings

In this example, holdings for original copies would be deciphered like this: 1879 July 17, Aug. 7, 28 and Sept. 4-18. A hyphen means the holdings are continuous, while a comma indicates gaps in the holdings. Reference librarians are happy to assist if you need help deciphering the dates.

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A VNP Rescue Report: New On Microfilm

In the last month the Project has transitioned a number of newspapers, granting an allowance of alliteration, from danger and decay to safety and stability.

As, for example, the following:

Strasburg News Feb. 1, 1926Front Royal Record May 3, 1927

Maybe our most challenging, and time consuming, restoration task in the Project’s history and so quite satisfying  to at last advance into film this very large, three pallet sized early 20th century archive kindly loaned to us by the Northern Virginia Daily (“The Best Small Daily Newspaper in Virginia!”, http://www.nvdaily.com/).  Owner and publisher E. E. Keister consolidated his quartet of newspapers (see Fit To Print August, 2012) to create the NVD (the local shorthand) in September of 1932 and, as is evident above, possessed a tight, seven columned and copy rich, illustration free sense of design.  Here’s a contrast between the Woodstock Times and the Edinburg Sentinel before Keister purchased it and folded the smaller town’s paper into the Times four miles north.

Woodstock Times March 8, 1927ESaVA May 11, 1916

Edinburg lost its paper decades ago but it will, at least, be the claimant of this microfilm collection headed for storage soon within the Shenandoah County Library (http://shenandoah.co.lib.va.us/) as well as, of course, here at the Library of Virginia.

Tidewater Review May 2, 1929Tidewater Review July 25, 1929

Prolonging the repair time of the Valley papers was the continuing arrival of additional papers in need of microfilm preservation forcing an additional press on the time of our restorer Silver Persinger and his two assistants Silver Persinger and Silver Persinger who, what makes you ask?, is not at all overburdened.  The completed filming of the Review and its predecessor, The West Point News, marks the last of a trio of loans by the present day Tidewater Review (http://www.tidewaterreview.com/) that addressed significant gaps in the Project’s microfilm holding.  The previously uncataloged Chickahominy Sun profiled last May in Fit To Print was … read more »

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