18 August 2007

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

The Library of Congress - National Endowment for the Humanities, have released a beta version of History Newspapers. You can search and read newspapers from 1900-1910. I found several obituaries that I needed from the Adair County News in Kentucky. Of course not all papers for all states are listed but the ones they have are a great asset to people. Check out the site and see if they have one you may need. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

I would not recommend trying this site if you have a dial-up Internet connection.

Have fun and let us know what you find.


  1. Thank you for this great resource.

    I found a newspaper which identified Sheldon Nicks as a Pasco County deputy. He was shot and killed trying to arrest a suspect in 1909, so he is perhaps another Pasco County lawman killed in the line of duty.

  2. Hi Jeff,
    That is great to hear. I didn't check out any Pasco Co listing but am going to do that right now.

  3. I did a search for the exact phrase Pasco County and found a few items. A search for the exact phrase Dade City gives quite a few results. I wish the Tampa Tribune were available!

  4. Hi Jeff,

    "Trails" on THOR identifies Sheldon as Shelly Nicks in the Tampa Tribune for May 11, 1909, Death Notice on page 3.

    In the late 1990s there were microfilm copies of the Tampa Tribune in the Hugh Embry Library. And yest, it really did take up a lot of floor space.