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IHS Offers Online Access to Historic Newspaper Pages

The Indiana Historical Society, in partnership with Newspaper Archive, made available an exciting new database that provides access to more than 2.5 million digitized Indiana newspaper pages. Researchers can now search historic newspaper pages by keyword or browse particular issues – at no cost – in the William H. Smith Memorial Library through a website co-hosted and supported by Newspaper Archive.

For 25 years, IHS supported the Indiana Newspaper Project, which gathered historic newspapers from around the state to be microfilmed by our Preservation Imaging staff. In 2011, we entered into an agreement with Newspaper Archive to digitize 5,625 reels of microfilm representing more than 2.5 million newspaper page images dated 1924 or earlier. Now, 760 Indiana newspaper titles representing the vast majority of the state are available for research online.

Over the years, IHS has captured more than 10 million pages of Indiana’s historic and current newspapers onto microfilm. Copies of these reels were made available statewide for local library research collections. The more than 19,000 master reels representing newspapers dating from 1817 to 2005 captured the attention of Newspaper Archive, the largest digital vendor of newspapers in the United States. Newspaper Archive digitally converted the microfilm reels at no cost and provides an active link to the images in our library reference room. Access to both these and more than 120 million other newspaper pages from all 50 states and several other countries is also available free at our library or at www.NewspaperArchive.com for a modest subscription fee.