Wednesday, December 12, 2012

IHS Launches Access to 2.5 Million Newspaper Pages on Statehood Day


Indianapolis—On Indiana’s Statehood Day (Dec. 11), the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is pleased to launch the availability of more than 2.5 million digitized Indiana newspaper page images through the work of its Indiana Newspaper Project and a partnership with Newspaper Archive. These digital records will be accessible and free of charge through IHS’s William Henry Smith Memorial Library at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

For 25 years, IHS supported the Indiana Newspaper Project, which gathered historic newspapers from around the state to be microfilmed by IHS’s Preservation Imaging staff. In 2011, IHS entered into an agreement with Newspaper Archive to digitize 5,625 reels of microfilm, which represents more than 2.5 million newspaper page images dated 1924 or earlier.

Beginning Tuesday, through these efforts, 760 individual Indiana newspaper titles representing the vast majority of the state will be available for research on the web. IHS guests can search these and additional Indiana newspaper pages by keyword or browse particular issues, at no cost, in the reference room of IHS’s William Henry Smith Memorial Library through a website co-hosted and supported by Newspaper Archive. Access to both these and more than 120 million other newspaper pages from all 50 states and several other countries is also currently available through www.NewspaperArchive.com for a $39.95 subscription fee.

“Being a good steward of Indiana’s history is about more than just collecting and preserving materials—it’s about making them accessible to the public as well,” said John A. Herbst, IHS president and CEO. “Through the Indiana Newspaper Project and our partnership with Newspaper Archives, our role as Indiana’s Storyteller is enhanced by sharing this digital treasure trove with individuals in our state and around the world.”

For more information on the Indiana Newspaper Project or other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.