Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune Archives free beta search engine #general


Pamela Weisberger
 

The Chicago Tribune historical newspaper archives went live with a
beta version of their new search engine in July 2015:

Chicago Tribune Archives Beta: http://archives.chicagotribune.com/

Read the FAQs here: http://archives.chicagotribune.com/faq/

The creators explain that the archive is a work in progress but they
wanted people to start exploring now so they made it public. How
nice! The archive is also available on ProQuest, but that can only be
accessed in person at certain libraries. This database is free to
anyone with a home computer. The search engine is under development
(hence the "beta") which means results don't always stay archived when
you backspace - they are working on this -- but it's pretty easy to
use and offers the original digital image along with OCR-ed text.

The beta version won't last forever, just until they launch 1.0 and
you will have to purchase a Digital Plus membership, so this is a
chance to look up any Chicago family stories you've been wondering
about.

The issues start in 1849 with spotty coverage until 1857 (after which
full issues are available) and coverage goes to 1991. (More recent
Tribune articles are available through another Tribune service
explained in the FAQs.)

Pamela Weisberger
Santa Monica, CA
pweisberger@gmail.com

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