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Exploring the U of I Library’s New Digital Newspaper Collections

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December 9. 1941 Daily Illini

The front page of the Daily Illini on December 9, 1941, two days after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. (University of Illinois Library)

The main library at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus has been putting old newspapers on the web since 2005.  But thanks to a recent grant, the newest version includes coverage in areas outside Illinois, and new topics, extending back to the mid-1800's.

The new Digital Newspaper Collections extends outside state lines, covering areas like agriculture and entertainment. 

Illinois Public Media's Jeff Bossert spoke with U of I Digital Humanities Specialist Kirk Hess about some of the newest online material, which contains 45 newspapers and more than 1-million pages of historical context.