There were papers from the The Daily-Picayune dating back to 1888, some from the The Times-Democrat, and many more from the first decade and a half of The Times-Picayune, which was created by the merger of the Daily-Picayune and the Times-Democrat in 1914. Reading a book on the history of the Picayune, I learned of Eliza Jane Nicholson, the first female proprietor of a major American newspaper. Much of the collection, it turned out, contains her innovative publishing legacy. So I named the archive after her: The Eliza Jane Nicholson Digital Newspaper Archive.There's much more to this. Check out the archive's website here. It had been in the news previously, but I'm sorry to say this is the first time I've read about it. It's a fascinating project.
It reminded me that I've got a little digital newspaper archive of my own going. It's come about kind of by accident but it's there nonetheless. Over the better part of a decade I've been taking shapshots of newspapers from time to time. My collection marks significant events such as:I’ve recruited archivists, artists, curators, graphic designers, grant writers, media history experts, and am building a team of volunteers. We're designing prototypes that re-imagine this material for the modern market. Preserving an archive like is not enough. Today's technologies and analytical tools will allow us to revisit these newspapers and extract more meaning from them than was ever possible when they were first printed.
Hurricanes approaching.. or "eyeing Louisiana" .. or ending a lull.
Prayers being answered
The Gambit getting smaller
Papers going to war
Certain special events being advertised
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"7th Ward Roosters" running wild
"Jeff" doing various things
There's more. Not sure these are.. you know.. printmaker quality or anything but at least they are free to access.