Pawtucket Times Newspaper Digitization Project

By: Matt Kiley - Advantage Archives
The 2019 Library of Rhode Island Grant Awards have been announced and the Pawtucket Public Library received a grant for a Newspaper Digitization Project with Advantage.

The library will digitize microfilm copies of The Pawtucket Times newspaper published between 1902 and 1947 to make them available and searchable online. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) will be included in the digital product to facilitate searching and make more precise discovery possible for users. Newspaper coverage encompasses Rhode Island cities and towns surrounding Pawtucket, including East Providence, Cumberland, and Lincoln, and includes many villages in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

Online access to the newspaper will make local history of this historic region broadly available to researchers. Follow Advantage for updates on the project as they happen.

  We couldn’t be more excited to partner with the Pawtucket Public Library in making RI history more accessible ~Jeffrey Kiley – Advantage Archives

This online search platform is user friendly and easy to learn. We focused on making it as simple as possible, so that everyone…from students to grandparents (and everyone in between) can browse, search, view, clip and share articles, headlines, pages, and stories recorded in the pages of the community newspaper.

Just type a keyword and hit “enter” or browse to a specific year, month, day or page in any (or all) publications contained in the archive.

We fully recognize that the history recorded in the pages of a community’s newspaper is invaluable. It puts historical events in perspective, allows us to view those events through the lens of someone who was there and witnessed “history as it happened”. It also allows us to connect to our past in a real and tangible way. This cultural asset must be protected and preserved so future generations can can have access to the “first draft of history”.

Connect Your Community To Its History! Explore A Partnership With Advantage & Discover “History As it Happened “. Use the form below to connect with us, and let’s discuss way’s we can ensure your local history is easily accessible!