As of Monday, March 18, 2013, the team at the Library of Congress has made some enormous improvements to Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Adding over 800,000 new pages to the database, the site now holds over 6 million pages of freely available and full-text searchable historic newspapers from 1836-1922! This update includes new content from states already represented on the site, papers from new states (Indiana and North Dakota), and newspapers in French and Spanish from Louisiana, Arizona, and New Mexico. The update contains around 33,000 new pages from South Carolina, including some additions to titles already on the site as well as some brand new titles. It also includes the first content from South Carolina to predate 1860.
Here are the most recent additions to South Carolina newspapers:
Edgefield Advertiser (Edgefield, S.C.), 1836-1863
This expands upon the run of the Edgefield Advertiser that was already available on Chronicling America from 1863 to 1922.
The Laurens Advertiser (Laurens, S.C.), 1913-1922
This expands upon the run of The Laurens Advertiser that was already available on Chronicling America from 1885 to 1913.
The Manning Times (Manning, Clarendon County, S.C.), 1885-1922
The Pickens Sentinel (Pickens, S.C.), 1913-1922
The Sumter Banner (Sumterville, S.C.), 1846-1855
The Fairfield Herald (Winnsboro, S.C.), 1866-1876
The News and Herald (Winnsboro, S.C.), weekly edition, 1876-1881
The News and Herald (Winnsboro, S.C.), triweekly edition, 1877-1900
The upgrade to Chronicling America also brings about some enhancements to the layout and functions of the website. Two noticeable changes can be seen when looking at a single newspaper page. The viewer now includes a thumbnail of the newspaper page in the upper right hand corner; when zooming in and out on a page, this thumbnail image helps provide further navigation. Beneath the image, a full citation for that particular page is listed, including the page’s persistent link.
Many other changes were put into place including additional support for viewing the site on iPhones and iPads as well as lots of upgrades behind the scenes. Be sure to head over to Chronicling America and see all the new improvements for yourself! Which of these new South Carolina titles are you most excited about? Do you think some of these additions will help you when using the site? Let us know in the comments section!