Historic Pelham

Presenting the rich history of Pelham, NY in Westchester County: current historical research, descriptions of how to research Pelham history online and genealogy discussions of Pelham families.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Using the Free "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers" Database to Perform Local History Research

Last March the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities unveiled a beta version of the "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers" database. Presently the database includes newspapers from 1900 to 1910 from the following states: New York, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Utah and Virginia.

The beta site is actually a prototype of what is intended to be a massive digital collection of historically significant newspapers from all states and U.S. territories published between 1836 and 1922. The prototype site is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the NEH and the Library of Congress.

There already is a wealth of information relating to the history of Pelham during the first decade of the 20th century in the collections. The search page for the site is located at: http://www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/search_fulltext_advanced.html There visitors can select the state of NY and run a search for Pelham. The search returns 228 items, the vast majority of which are news stories about occurrences in Pelham.

This free resource is an important online research tool for local historians that likely will grow in importance as additional content is added.

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