New Online Resources For New York History

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Radio Shack TRS80 Model II Here’s a quick look at some of the latest New York history resources to hit the web:

  • The New York Times is offering a preview of its much-improved online archive, first launched in 2008. “Every article, every letter and every advertisement is included in a legible, linkable and shareable fashion,” according to Evan Sandhaus, writing in the Times. The paper has a few samples online and is looking for feedback before a final launch.

  • There is a new search engine for searching digital newspaper collections (more than 1,000 titles and a million issues from 1803 to 2011). Elephind searches 14 collections in four countries, including the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America site, the National Library of Australia, and also smaller collections. Results can be sorted by relevance, date, location, collection, and publication title.
  • The National Archives has launched Founders Online which allows users to search the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Founders Online is the result cooperation between the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives, and The University of Virginia (UVA) Press. The project expects to add over 175,000 documents to the online database.

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