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Online historic newspapers an asset

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The process of digitizing the News Enterprise from 1924 to the present will be routine. The Adirondack Museum’s librarian has graciously given us permission to use their microfilm copies of the paper and will loan them to the NNYLN. The microfilm will be scanned, and the images will be run through optical character recognition (OCR) software and be indexed. The indexed images will then be placed on the Network’s web server, interfaced with a search engine and made available to the public over the Internet.

When we began researching this project in February, we didn’t know how much the digitization project would cost or where we would put the issues online. After all, the Northern New York Historical Newspapers project does not serve most of the News Enterprise’s readership: the Warren County town of Johnsburg and the Hamilton County towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake. Luckily, our paper serves the Essex County towns of Minerva and Newcomb, so we were welcomed into the Network’s family.

And, because we are part of the family, digitizing the News Enterprise will be free for us. We can’t thank the Network and the Adirondack Museum enough for their generosity.

We’re not sure when the back issues of the News Enterprise will be available online, but we’re hoping it will be sometime in 2012. We hope to get even more historic newspapers online in the future.

Other newspapers in the Denton lineage currently available on Northern New York Newspapers are the Ticonderoga Sentinel (forefather of the Times of Ti), the Rouses Point North Countryman (forefather of the North Countryman) and the Essex County Republican (forefather of the Valley News).

Our history is there:

“This issue of the Essex County Republican begins a new chapter in this paper’s long and distinguished career of service to its many North Country readers,” began the May 10, 1968 issue of the Essex County Republican, announcing that Denton Publications had acquired the Essex County Republican.

Comments may be directed to denpubs@denpubs.com.

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