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Detroit Free Press, Jewish Newspapers, and enhanced New York Times Index Coming to ProQuest Historical Newspapers

ProQuest continues to expand its renowned news program with several significant additions to ProQuest Historical Newspapers.  Historical Jewish Newspapers will provide a new resource for exploring and understanding the Jewish experience through the lens of American Jewish newspapers.  Later this year the Detroit Free Press will be added to ProQuest Historical Newspapers allowing users to follow the history of Detroit from a small frontier town to its growth to the one of the largest cities in the U.S in the early 20th century.   And, we’ve added enhanced functionality to the Historical New York Times with Index.  Available this fall, users will have the ability to browse Index topics to find exactly what they are looking for even more quickly.  

“Illuminating vital pieces of information and delivering it in a way that makes research easier and more widely accessible than ever is fundamental to our mission,” said Rod Gauvin, senior vice president of publishing for ProQuest.  “Newspapers allow us to become eyewitnesses to history – immersing us in the sights and sounds of momentous occasions and everyday life.  We’re pleased to make additions like these to our news program to help users experience history from new perspectives and discover information more easily than ever before.”

Historical Jewish Newspapers will provide users with access to esteemed Jewish newspapers from across the U.S. Newspapers such as The Jewish Advocate (1905-1990) from Boston, The Jewish Exponent (1887-1990) from Philadelphia, and other key papers allow users to explore the experience of Jews in America, including coverage of the rise of Zionism, reaction to US policy toward Israel, participation in labor movements and civil rights, as well as community news of value to genealogists. 

Founded six years before Michigan statehood, the Detroit Free Press is recognized as the leading newspaper in the region. The newspaper rose to prominence as Detroit became a major trading post and industrial hub. From advocating statehood, to walking the beat along the waterfront, to producing the first newspaper supplement for women Historical Detroit Free Press (1831-1922) chronicles the history of Detroit. 

To accelerate search and discover information even more effectively, ProQuest has digitized The New York Times Index and integrated it with the historical New York Times. The enhanced release of the New York Times Index allows users to search in a new intuitive method through browsing by subject.  Based upon the renowned New York Times print index, this robust subject search capability lets researchers drill through over 25 million New York Times articles to appropriate articles.    

In ProQuest Historical Newspapers, researchers can browse full-text and full-image newspapers from significant U.S. and international titles, dating back to the 18th century. With continuous newspaper runs, scholars can read each digitized issue cover to cover, or narrow their search by specifying one of 20 different document types (articles, editorials, advertisements, obituaries, etc.), date, and author.

These newly added papers are cross-searchable with ProQuest Historical Newspapers, the world's largest digital newspaper archive, encompassing more than 22 million pages dating from 1764.  A core research holding in major libraries around the world, it includes such prominent newspapers as The Guardian, The Observer, The Scotsman, The Irish Times, The New York Times, New York Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Atlanta Constitution, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, The Chicago Defender, New York Amsterdam News, Baltimore Afro American, Pittsburgh Courier, Los Angeles Sentinel, Atlanta Daily World, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Baltimore Sun.

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More than a content provider or aggregator, ProQuest is an information partner, creating indispensable research solutions that connect people and information. Through innovative, user-centered discovery technology, ProQuest offers billions of pages of global content that includes historical newspapers, dissertations, and uniquely relevant resources for researchers of any age and sophistication—including content not likely to be digitized by others. Inspired by its customers and their end users, ProQuest is working toward a future that blends information accessibility with community to further enhance learning and encourage lifelong enrichment.

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10 July 2009

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