Digital newspaper archive

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Digital newspaper archive
Status of the proposal
ReasonNo endorsement; Redundant to Wikisource and Wikimedia Commons (See s:Portal:Newspapers).--GZWDer (talk) 17:46, 15 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]
Details of the proposal
Project descriptionProjects for newspapers in public domain.

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)[reply]

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?

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