Discovery: Remembering the USS Jacob Jones

On March 3, 1942, the headline of the Newark Evening News read “Sub Sinks Destroyer Off N.J.,” informing the citizens of Newark and the rest of New Jersey of the sinking of a United States Navy warship by a German submarine. On February 28, 1942, the USS Jacob Jones (DD-130) patrolled the waters off Cape […]

Don’t Search For An Obituary By Only Searching For An “Obituary”

In the quest to trace our roots and understand our heritage, obituaries often serve as a crucial starting point. Obituaries are undoubtedly a rich source of information for genealogists. They often provide vital details about the deceased, including their full name, date of birth, date of death, and often, the names of their relatives. However, […]

The Newark Public Library Announces Free Online Access to Historical Newark Evening News Archives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Newark Public Library Announces Free Online Access to Historical Newark Evening News Archives Newark, NJ (May 30th, 2024) – The Newark Public Library, in partnership with Advantage Archives, proudly announces free access to nearly 1.2 million pages of historical newspapers from Newark, New Jersey. The Newark History Archives (https://newark.historyarchives.online) features the […]

Don’t Search For An Obituary By Only Searching For An “Obituary”

In the quest to trace our roots and understand our heritage, obituaries often serve as a crucial starting point. Obituaries are undoubtedly a rich source of information for genealogists. They often provide vital details about the deceased, including their full name, date of birth, date of death, and often, the names of their relatives. However, […]

History From A Local (Cedar Rapids, IA) Perspective – The Titanic

The sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912, is etched in history as one of the most devastating maritime disasters. The tragedy, which claimed over 1,500 lives, sent shockwaves across the globe, making headlines in every corner of the world, with newspapers of all sizes providing extensive coverage of the event. In the […]

From Shelves to Screens: Why Libraries are Embracing Community History Archives

The Challenge of Accessing Physical Archives In our fast-paced world, time has become one of the most valuable resources we possess. It is a precious commodity that, once spent, can never be regained.  In the context of libraries and institutions housing historical records, time is particularly crucial. The process of searching through physical archives can […]

See You In The Funny Pages: How The “Yellow Kid” Was Drawn Into The Great Newspaper War

The comic strip, a captivating blend of storytelling and visuals, made its debut in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, captivating the public’s imagination. “The Yellow Kid” holds the distinction of being the inaugural comic strip to grace the pages of North American newspapers. However, the origins of this charming and often overlooked art […]

The Importance of Consolidating Your Digital Archive Collection into a Community History Archive

Having all of your digital content in one spot creates a holistic view of your community’s past. The Community History Archives platform was designed to provide your community with a freely searchable archive that has no reoccurring fees.   Accessible and Searchable One of the most significant benefits of consolidating your digital archives into a […]

Preserving Memories and Enhancing Research: The Importance of Digitizing School Newspapers

At Advantage Archives, we understand the profound value of community history. School newspapers, often an overlooked treasure, form a significant part of this rich tapestry. As we move further into the digital age, the need to preserve these documents becomes increasingly crucial. Here’s why digitizing your school newspapers not only safeguards your community’s history but […]

Creating an Online Digital Archive for Your School: The Sensible Step Forward

In the era of digital transformation, preserving the rich tapestry of a school’s history has become more critical than ever. The Community History Archives is the perfect archive for your school. We provide Free access to the archive with absolutely NO recurring fees. Ever. The Emergence of Digital Archives in Education Digital archives represent a […]

Spotlight: St. Bonaventure University

The St. Bonaventure archive contains a wide variety of content, including the school newspaper (The Bona Venture), financial statements, documents of the church, account books, and more.

Using Digital Archives To Rewrite History (Lessons) For High School Students

20 years ago, a study performed by Grant, Gradwell and Cimbricz revealed that high school students who used primary sources to study historical events developed better interpretive skills and became more interested and engaged in the subject matter compared to traditional textbooks. The students also demonstrated a deeper understanding of historical events and could connect […]

Using Digital Archives To Rewrite History (Lessons) For Middle School Students

Research has extensively examined the role of primary sources in history education. One influential piece of research was conducted by Keith Barton in 2005. Barton’s study highlights several key benefits of using primary sources, like historical newspapers, in teaching history, including the promotion of critical thinking, the enhancement of understanding of historical concepts, fostering of […]

Using Digital Archives To Rewrite History (Lessons) For Elementary School Students

History is an infinite repository of stories, a fascinating confluence of narratives, and a wellspring of lessons. It offers a retrospective glance into the vibrant tapestry of human existence. To most, history might seem like a chronological record of events; to educators, it’s an invaluable toolkit that fosters knowledge, inculcates critical thinking skills, and broadens […]

Putting The Text In Context: Embracing the Challenges of Historical Newspaper Research

David McCullough is an American author who is regarded as one of the most respected and influential historians of our time. Known for his bestselling books on American history, McCullough has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including two Pulitzer Prizes. McCullough’s writing style is characterized by thorough research, vivid storytelling, and a […]

Reading Between The Lines: Helping Students Recognize Bias in Historical Newspapers

As the historian and educator Sam Wineburg stated, “Historical thinking, in its deepest forms, is neither a natural process nor something that springs automatically from psychological development.” This statement reflects the nuanced and complex nature of historical inquiry and how it is different from the intuitive way we understand our immediate world. “Historical thinking“ involves […]

Old Words, New Lessons: Helping Students Navigate the Language of the Past

Community newspapers serve as a treasure trove of information, encapsulating the essence of a period in the past. They often document everyday life and local events, making history feel more relevant and accessible to students. National and international news can be contextualized through them within a familiar local setting, heightening students’ interest and understanding.  Digitization […]

Bringing History to Life: Integrating Historical Newspaper Research in the Classroom

In an era where we compete with digital screens for our children’s attention, keeping them engaged can at times, be a challenge. The teaching of history in elementary, middle, and high schools is challenging enough, and student engagement can be a complex puzzle to solve. Teachers strive to find ways to spark students’ interest and […]

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