Historical Archives of ‘AJC’ to be Digitized

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By: E&P Staff

Historical backfiles of the The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution will be digitized and made available online by ProQuest Information and Learning, which creates and publishes databases for libraries and educational institutions worldwide.

Initially, newspapers from 1868 through 1925 will be digitized, and another three years of content will be added in each of the agreement between ProQuest and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Each issue of the newspaper will be digitized cover to cover, including not just news stories and editorials but also photos, graphics, and ads. Researchers will be able to search by keywords, dates, bylines, and other factors, and they will be able to see an image of the article. Full-page images will also be available and browsable by issue.

ProQuest will make this database available to its library clients, and the Journal-Constitution will also have this electronic archive available for its internal use. The Journal-Constitution retains rights to distribute historical content to the consumer market.

“The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is very happy to partner with ProQuest in digitizing our microfilm archives and making those archives searchable,” Virginia Everett, director of information services at the newspaper, said in a statement.

This is the seventh historically significant major American newspaper whose archival content has been digitized by ProQuest, following The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.

“The Atlanta Constitution was regarded as the ‘voice of the New South’ during the time period being digitized,” said Chris Cowan, ProQuest’s vice president, publishing. “It was led by a series of outstanding editors including Henry W. Grady and Clark Howell whose influence and political involvement had a significant impact on the development of Atlanta and the Southeast. Now, this new digital archive will make a valuable contribution to scholars studying the South from the post-Civil War period through the turn of the 20th century.”

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