Historic newspapers now available online

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE)  A collection of nearly 15,000 newspaper issues is now available on the Indiana State Library website.  The announcement was made in a news release issued Monday, three weeks after the Indiana Memory was unveiled by the library.  In all, there are nearly 96,000 pages and the collection is continually growing.

“We are moving ahead with digitizing another 100,000 newspaper pages as a continuation of the NEH grant,” said Chandler Lighty, Historic Newspaper Digitization Program Manager. “Over the coming months and year, historic digitized newspapers from South Bend, Evansville, and Vincennes will be available.”

The content on the Indiana Newspapers platform is being displayed in Veridian software, which is operated by the Indiana State Library and funded by the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. The crowd-sourcing component of Veridian allows you to register and make corrections to the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) . For instance, if you find an individual’s name garbled in the OCR, you can correct it yourself, so that future users can find that person’s name in the newspapers easier.

“The software is really exciting because users like you can correct the OCR text,” said Lighty. “If you researched with any digitized content in the past, you may have discovered that the search results you received were often only as good as the OCR.”

To access Indiana Memory and the digital library, click here.


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