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Digital newspaper archive hits 5M pages online

Monday - 10/22/2012, 5:29am  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - An effort to digitize the nation's historically significant newspapers is posting its 5 millionth page on a free searchable database online.

As of Monday, the Chronicling America project has posted 5 million pages from more than 800 newspapers in 25 states. The project was launched in 2007 by the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities with 32 state partners.

The site provides free access to newspapers published between 1836 and 1922.

One feature displays news from 100 years ago. In October 1912, there were headlines about former President Theodore Roosevelt being shot in Milwaukee while running for president again with the Progressive Party.

The site averages more than 2.5 million page views per month. Organizers say it's used by students, researchers, congressional staff and others.


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