Old News: Historic Newspapers in the Digital Age

This event was held on October 21, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join in the celebration as AADL unveils Old News, a new, online product (available at aadl.org after this event) devoted to the digitization of newspapers from Ann Arbor's past. Old News features articles and images from Ann Arbor newspapers including selections from the clippings and photo files of the Ann Arbor News, as well as thousands of issues of Ann Arbor's 19th century newspapers.

This event includes: a discussion of the importance of historic newspapers and digitization entitled- "Newspapers Are Like A Box Of Chocolates: You Never Know What You're Gonna Get" by Frank Boles, Director of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University; an introduction/demo to Old News by AADL staff; and post-presentation refreshments.

Old News gives the public access to thousands of articles and photographs taken from the Ann Arbor News. The first selections to hit Old News are articles and photos from the 1960s, one of Ann Arbor's most vibrant periods. Photos from the 1930s are also there to show what Ann Arbor looked like during the Great Depression. More articles and photos will be added each week to paint a full portrait of Ann Arbor during the American Century.

In addition to the ever-growing collection of materials from the Ann Arbor News documenting the 20th century in Ann Arbor, Old News provides online access to decades of newspapers from the 19th century as well. Browse or search through full issues of the Ann Arbor Argus, Ann Arbor Courier, Ann Arbor Argus-Democrat, Signal of Liberty, and Michigan Liberty Press. Explore over 100,000 articles from 1880-1900 to learn about where Ann Arbor was 125 years ago.

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