Posts Tagged ‘newspapers’

19th December
2018
written by Richard

Thanks to the great people from the California Digital Newspaper Project, San Diego’s first newspaper, the Herald (1851-1860) is now available online. Digitization of this historic newspaper was supported by a grant from the State-funded California Revealed Project.

The CDNP digitized the Herald from microfilm held by Special Collections at the San Diego Public Library. The film itself derives from the only surviving hard copy run of the Herald–donated to the library by E. W. Morse in 1901. Now the whole collection is available on the Internet with full-text retrieval. Give it a go from the CDNP website.

Below is a quick sample, featuring one of San Diego’s most notable characters!

San Diego Herald, March 6, 1852

 

26th April
2012
written by Richard

The library at San Diego State University has unveiled an invaluable tool for researching local history: a digitized database of the San Diego Union and Evening Tribune. This product by NewsBank Inc. is keyword searchable and provides pdf images of the original newspaper copy.

For decades local researchers have relied on the microfiche index to the Union produced by city librarians years ago. As important as this index as always been, it was never completed by the Public Library and was limited by the infamous “gap”—the years between 1904 and 1930 that were left un-indexed. The NewsBank database bridges that gap and also covers the historic Tribune, a separate newspaper until its merger with the Union in 1992. The digitizing is not yet complete and some years are not available.

I would encourage anyone looking for historical information in San Diego newspapers to make a trip to the SDSU library. Parking is a minor hassle but there are several lots on the campus perimeter that cost $1 per hour. The best way to go is on the San Diego Trolley, which takes you close to the library from a station in the center of campus.