Digital newspaper archive

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This page is a proposal for a new Wikimedia Foundation Sister Project.
Status Rejected
Reason No endorsement; Redundant to Wikisource and Wikimedia Commons (See s:Portal:Newspapers).--GZWDer (talk) 17:46, 15 February 2016 (UTC)
What is the proposed name for the project? Digital newspaper archive
Project description
What is the project purpose? What will be its scope? How would it benefit to be part of Wikimedia?
Projects for newspapers in public domain.
How many wikis?
Will there be many language versions or just on one multilingual wiki?
How many languages?
Is the project going to be in one language or in many?

Technical requirements
If the project requires any new features that the MediaWiki software currently doesn't have, please describe in detail. Are additional MediaWiki extensions needed for the project?
Development wiki
Interested participants


From 1600 to 1923 there are 300 years of now public domain newspapers, but usually they are not easily accessible.

There are some websites with archives of historical newspapers like these (after google search):

But they are all sites that require a subscription and money to view the archives.

There are some university databases, but they are available only to their students (after a brief google search):

I propose high resolution scans of integral newspapers and searchable full text articles and titles.

Maybe these already available digital scans can be hosted in the mediawiki servers and they can be made accessible to anyone.

en:wikipedia:List of online newspaper archives

Proposed by[edit]

--argento 14:32, 10 February 2010 (UTC)

Alternative names[edit]

  • public domain history
  • public domain memory
  • digital memory
  • historical propaganda
  • very old news

Related projects/proposals[edit]

I am not aware if any similar project proposal, but it has probably already been proposed, cause this concept is nothing really original.

Wikisource has some newspaper articles, but they are only articles of important events.

Wikimedia Commons has very few scan of old articles.

Maybe this can be a subproject of both Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource and not a new project?

Domain names[edit]

Mailing list links[edit]


People interested