Google Effort Will Digitize Newspapers for Online Archive

More cool stuff from Google. The search giant is ramping up efforts to digitize the world’s print newspaper archives and make them available on the Web via Google News and the Google News Archives.

Google announced the effort Monday on its official blog:

Today, we’re launching an initiative to make more old newspapers accessible and searchable online by partnering with newspaper publishers to digitize millions of pages of news archives. Let’s say you want to learn more about the landing on the Moon. Try a search for [Americans walk on moon], and you’ll be able to find and read an original article from a 1969 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Not only will you be able to search these newspapers, you’ll also be able to browse through them exactly as they were printed — photographs, headlinesarticlesadvertisements and all.

This effort expands on the contributions of others who’ve already begun digitizing historical newspapers. In 2006, we started working with publications like the New York Times and theWashington Post to index existing digital archives and make them searchable via the Google News Archive. Now, this effort will enable us to help you find an even greater range of material from newspapers large and small, in conjunction with partners such as ProQuest and Heritage, who’ve joined in this initiative.

You’ll be able to search newspapers via the Google News Archive and the timeline feature in Google News. It’s a great feature for history buffs and news junkies alike, and it will preserve those important first drafts of history for generations to come.

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