ANN ARBOR — Ann Arbor-based ProQuest announce Monday that it is expanding its selection of historical news content as the global distributor to libraries and other institutions for NewspaperArchive.com, a 130 million-page database that captures coverage from local newspapers throughout North America, the U.K., and select countries from 1607 to the present.
ProQuest will offer libraries the option to purchase a perpetual archive rather than just subscriptions.
Further, there will be academic and public library versions that break NewspaperArchive.com’s massive content into state level products and individual titles.
“NewspaperArchive.com’s content is an extraordinary addition to ProQuest’s news product line, deepening the service that libraries of all kinds are able to provide to their patrons,” said Chris Cowan, vice president of ProQuest Information Solutions. “We’re particularly excited about the benefits libraries will be able to extend to family historians for genealogical research and to the academic community, where this service will be an excellent source for longitudinal and comparative analyses of events and people.”
“NewspaperArchive.com focuses on small, local newspapers, providing an important complement to ProQuest Historical Newspapers’ selection of major world dailies,” said Erik Swierk, general manager of NewspaperArchive.com. “Like the ProQuest news databases, NewspaperArchive.com is designed for researchers of all levels and includes intuitive tools for fast searching and browsing. Its pages are fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy to quickly explore historical content.”