For years, loyal readers, researchers and editorial staff have been yearning to flip through back issues of the News Enterprise, whether its two years in the past, 20 years or all the way back to when the paper was founded in 1924. Well, we have some good news.
We recently signed an agreement with the Potsdam-based Northern New York Library Network to have the News Enterprise issues from 1924 to the present digitized and placed on a searchable website. We will soon be part of the Northern New York Historical Newspapers project, located online at http://news.nnyln.net.
“The Network …. has identified the News Enterprise as an excellent candidate for treatment,” wrote NNYLN Executive Director John Hammond.
The Northern New York Library Network is a consortium of public, academic, school and specialized libraries chartered to improve library service to North Country residents. It has a long history of newspaper preservation, including preservation microfilming in the 1980s and local coordination of the New York State Newspaper Project in the 1990s.
In 2004, the Network launched Northern New York Historical Newspapers to enhance access to the region’s local history. Serving seven counties — Essex, Franklin, Clinton, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Jefferson and Oswego — the online collection now contains almost 2.3 million pages from 52 newspapers. The newspapers span more than 200 years.
The oldest issues on the website come from the Plattsburgh Republican, dating to 1811, three years before the famed Battle of Plattsburgh during the War of 1812. It is in the April 12, 1811 issue we find out who has mail left at the post office, who died that week, who got married, who wrote letters to the editor, and which state senators’ seats will need to be filled during the lieutenant governor’s election.
For the history buff, the genealogy hobbyist and the serious researcher, Northern New York Historical Newspapers is a treasure trove of information. People can easily get mesmerized by the volumes of stories here, and time will certainly fly when you are having fun learning about local history.
Andy Flynn is the Assistant Managing Editor at Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.