National Newspaper Week cannot be crammed into just seven days. The deeper you delve, the more resources come to the surface. National Newspaper Week is also co-terminus and a propitious link with American Archives Month commemorated in October.
During this week we celebrate the symbiotic relationship. Newspapers and archives are links in an information chain on which our search for truth depends. Newspapers determine and share the stories; archivists assure that the words, the statistics, the opinions are accessible over time.
Though newspapers and archives create and preserve the record it is the skill and commitment of those who do the work of each institution that we honor. Now, more than ever, our focus is on the information chain as an interconnected whole – even more, we focus on the evolving and expanding role of journalists and archivists who work in tandem to facilitate the free flow of information and ideas that fuel this democracy.
To underscore the collaborative role of these institutions, on Day #7 of National Newspaper Week and as we look ahead to National Archives Month the focus is on newspaper archives.
Clearly, the digital age has transformed the process of archiving of newspapers. As a result, strategies are in flux; at times there is duplication; at other times there are gaps. The challenge for professionals and the public is to remain positive and persistent. Above all, information seekers need to know that the intellectual process of preserving the record and making it accessible is a human endeavor. Archivists, librarians, scholars, and others are on hand or online to guide the individual search.
Some starting point for searching newspapers – Please note that these are starting points only – guides to other resources
MINNESOTA NEWSPAPERS – RESOURCES
MN Historical Society Newspaper Hub – the starting point which will identify and link to relevant files: http://www.mnhs.org/newspapers/hub
Minnesota Newspaper Directory: http://mnnews.com/index.php/mn-newspaper-websites/
Minnesota Newspaper Association. (mna.org) Membership organization that maintains listing for member organizations http://mna.org/newspaper-directory/
Listing of local newspapers (incomplete) https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&tbm=lcl&q=newspapers+minnesota+local&oq=newspapers+minnesota+local&gs_l=psy-ab.12…0.0.0.1834220.127.116.11.0.0.0.0.0..0.0….0…1..64.psy-ab..0.0.0….0.ujHrTkXHq8c#rlfi=hd:;si:;mv:!1m3!1d1055050.836006896!2d-94.0380186!3d44.591910049999996!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i635!2i557!4f13.1;tbs:lrf:!2m1!1e2!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:1
RELATED RESOURCES – Examples
National Digital Newspaper Program
A partnership between the Library & the National Endowment for the Humanities
University of Minnesota Libraries – Archives http://archives.lib.umn.edu/search utf8=✓&op%5B%5D=&q%5B%5D=minnesota+newspapers&limit=&field%5B%5D=&from_year%5B%5D=&to_year%5B%5D=&commit=Search
INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES – EXAMPLES ONLY
http://www.onlinenewspapers.com – international
https://www.thenews.com.pk – International
https://elephind.com – historic digitized newspaper archives
- Numerous blogs and websites are designed for genealogy searchers. Consult specific sites and organizations for advice and targeted resources.
- Google directory of international newspaper archive: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/05/google-shuts-down-newspaper-archive-project/239239