The plan for a new Advantage Preservation digitization project was outlined in The Sentinel of southwestern New Hampshire on Tuesday. Advantage Preservation will work directly with the Peterborough Town Library to create a digital archive for the regions historical newspapers.

For the first time; The Contoocook Transcript, The Peterborough Messenger and The Peterborough Transcript will be made available digitally. After scanning the newspapers using OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Advantage Preservation creates a database that is keyword searchable and available to the public for free.

Assistant Library Director Mary Hubbard highlighted early benefits of the project :

“We have already started using this resource to answer reference questions, and we know educators, students, and local researchers will find it extremely useful.”

Titles from 1848-1898 can currently be found online at the Peterborough Town Library Site and they hope to continue the digitization to have up to 1934 done by the fall and the entire run of the Peterborough Transcript & Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in the future.

To read more about the project and can read the full article on the Sentinel Source HERE.