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Spotlight: The Dover Public Library

The Dover Public Library The Community History Archives of the Dover Public Library allows for access to the history of Dover, New Hampshire through Dover area City Directories from 1830—1949 and Dover High School Yearbooks from 1915—2013 The Dover Public Library is located in Dover, New Hampshire, and serves a community of 31,000. Dover is […]

Spotlight: The Vermilion Parish Library

The Vermilion Parish Library The Vermilion Parish Library provides access to the rich history of cities and communities of Vermilion Parish and the surrounding areas through the local newspapers spanning 108 years, as well as yearbooks, assessment rolls and census records that date as far back as 1810! The Vermilion Parish Library is located in […]

Spotlight: The Albert Wisner Public Library

The Albert Wisner Public Library offers the Warwick community a way to connect to its past with an archive containing nearly 135 years of the community’s two local weekly newspapers. The Albert Wisner Public Library is located in Warwick, New York, serving a community of 30,000 in the Warwick Valley Central School District area. Warwick […]

His Dream: A Look Back At The Life Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1968)

The years following the march to Montgomery, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., worked to address issues of poverty and financial inequality, themes that continue to be in the headlines 50 years later. Economic inequality, access to affordable healthcare, and the social divide are still hot topic issues debated by pundits and activists in 2019. […]

His Dream: Looking Back At The Life & Times Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1963 – 1968)

It goes without saying that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an extraordinary man, living in a time that today’s generation can’t conceive of. The accounts written in the history books, are a retelling of the accounts in a narrative form, and often fail to capture the atmosphere of tension, disdain, anger, and […]

His Dream: Looking Back At The Life Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It is time to reflect on the impact the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has had on this country. We learned about Dr. King in the classroom, through documentaries, watching Hollywood movies, on the web or in the countless books written about his life. These sources, when complimented with primary source materials, are invaluable […]

Advantage On The Road: Massachusetts

Advantage Preservation: Visiting With Our Friends In Massachusetts Pictured above: Grant Kaestner (left), & Jeffrey Kiley (right), of Advantage Preservation on their visit to the Newburyport Public Library in Newburyport MA, on October 31st, 2018. Last week Grant & I had the opportunity to spend some time visiting a few of our library partners in […]

Making Old Newspapers Searchable: Microfilm & OCR

The Paper Problem: With the newfound ability to assemble content and produce pages quickly and efficiently, existing papers increased their circulation numbers substantially. The demand for the paper on which to print the news inevitably grew as well. This created a need to use a less expensive paper stock to match the increased production rates. […]

Making Old Newspapers Searchable: The Next Era

Despite achieving the means to print in mass quantities, the publishing industry’s productivity was largely constrained by the need to set type by hand. By 1880, the Linotype Printing machine was invented. The machine used a keyboard, which allowed an entire line of type to be laid at once. The requisite time and effort to […]

Making Old Newspapers Searchable: The History of Printing

Until the first part of the 19th century, the composition and typesetting were accomplished by painstakingly placing each individual letter into a “galley” by hand. The galleys were then placed into a “chase” that was the size of the final page. Since each letter was placed individually, there was no method for standardization or uniformity.If […]

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