New Historical Electronic Newspapers – a family history bonanza

The library has recently gained access to the below four newspapers for library users:

The Irish Times (1859-2008) and The Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958) From the aftermath of the Great Famine, the launch of the Titanic, and the Easter Rising of 1916, World Wars to the Dublin début of River dance, this resource captures it all in the context of the time.

The Guardian (1821-1900) and The Observer (1791-2003) Covers the past political and social events of the past 200 years. From Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo to the Russian Revolution to Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, these newspapers will enchant not just genealogists but anyone with an interest in news and history.

All of these newspapers are part of ProQuest’s Historical Newspaper Database.

Read more on the Christchurch City Libraries blog.

2 thoughts on “New Historical Electronic Newspapers – a family history bonanza

  1. mj January 30, 2010 / 2:16 am

    wicked. what a great resource for budding (and those much more experienced!) family historians. yay for proquest.

  2. Paul January 31, 2010 / 10:46 am

    mmm

    I wonder if its a yay for Proquest/CSA – or a boo for the British Library and the National Library of Ireland.

    CCL has payed for this resource.

    Note how the National Libraries of New Zealand, Australia and the Library of Congress are making old newspapers available for free…

    And some interesting models of crowdsourcing are involved in at least one of these institutions.

    Stuff to ponder

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