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Newspapers providing diverse regional perspectives on events that shaped the 19th and 20th centuries

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1874-1922) and The Baltimore Sun (1837-1985) will be available in ProQuest Historical Newspapers, the definitive digital archive offering cover-to-cover, full-text, and full-image articles for significant newspapers dating back to the 18th Century.   Available July 2009, both The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Baltimore Sun offer new avenues into understanding history, politics, and family history.

“Fundamental to ProQuest’s mission is developing resources that illuminate vital pieces of information,” said Rod Gauvin, senior vice president of publishing for ProQuest.  “These new papers provide diverse regional perspectives on and coverage of events that shaped the 19th and 20th century, and make deep research into those eras easier and more widely accessible than ever.”

 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1874-1922 will be available in ProQuest Historical Newspapers in July.  At the turn of the 20th century, St. Louis was the 4th largest city in the U.S, and a major crossroads for migration West and North. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch captures the movement and growth of a nation along with a Midwestern perspective on major events. As Joseph Pulitzer’s first newspaper, it is an important research tool for journalism scholars.  Historically the Post-Dispatch noted for its investigative reporting, human interest stories and was known to be anti-immigration and pro-U.S. imperialism. The Post-Dispatch was also one of the first daily newspapers to print comics in color. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch was also the incubator for several well -known writers, including Mark Twain, who wrote for newspaper from 1874 to 1891.

The Baltimore Sun provides diverse regional perspectives and coverage on events that shaped the 19th and 20th century.  The Baltimore Sun provides unprecedented access to news from this major port city.  ProQuest is extending coverage of The Baltimore Sun to include every issue from 1837 through 1985.  In contrast to the literary dailies popular on the East Coast at the time, The Baltimore Sun was originally published as the people’s paper, reporting on events that affected the lives of Maryland’s residents. Its reporting included Baltimore as a center of commerce and immigration, and extensive coverage of Washington politics into the mid-20th century.  Maryland was a slave holding, border state prior to the Civil War and The Baltimore Sun covered the major battles fought in Maryland and nearby states.  It also includes the writings of “The Sage of Baltimore,” H.L. Mencken, considered one of the most influential writers of the early 20th century.

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. 

The archives of 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 formidable 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, Pittsburgh Courier, Los Angeles Sentinel, and Atlanta Daily World.


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14 June 2009

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