It is often said that newspapers represent the first draft of American history. News items, human interest stories, births, deaths, marriages are all recorded in the local newspapers as if it is a community’s public diary.
The Library of Virginia has the largest collection of Virginia imprint newspapers in the world and they can be found in original, microfilm, and digital formats for our patrons to use whether for genealogical or historical research, or perhaps just for browsing to learn more about another time or place.
With over 3,000 Virginia titles and literally millions of pages from all over the Commonwealth, Fit To Print was created by the Virginia Newspaper Project to provide an informal gateway to the varied newspaper collections at the LVA. The collections range from 18th century newspapers published on fine rag paper to very elegant broadsides from the 19th century to the information packed dailies of the 20th century. Here at the LVA, you might find what you’re looking for in original ink press format or on one of the 40,000 reels of microfilm. There is also the option to search digitized newspapers on Chronicling America where we have added over 300,000 pages of historical Virginia newspapers that are fully text searchable.
With the VNP blog, we would like to share all things newspaper, from interesting library acquisitions to current information about cooperative projects to topics related to newspaper research, and much more. We will also dig into our collections and share items with you that we think are of historical interest, that are timely, or that are just plain amusing.