08 September 2008

Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph archive coming on Google

Google has made it official.

"For more than 200 years, matters of local and national significance have been conveyed in newsprint -- from revolutions and politics to fashion to local weather or high school football scores. Around the globe, we estimate that there are billions of news pages containing every story ever written. And it's our goal to help readers find all of them, from the smallest local weekly paper up to the largest national daily.

Today, we're launching an initiative to make more old newspapers accessible and searchable online by partnering with newspaper publishers to digitize millions of pages of news archives."

The initiative is a partnership with Proquest and Heritage, so, as with Google Books, you will be able to search for free but in most cases getting anything more than a link, or perhaps a snippet, will cost.

The article mentions an initiative with The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph to bring the newspaper’s archives – the oldest in North America – to the world over the coming months.

A quick check didn't reveal any of the Paper of Record content. Perhaps they're holding it so they have something "old" to add.

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