Connecticut is First to Provide Statewide Access to Digital Hartford Courant Archive
The newspaper that's "older than the nation" available through iCONN
ANN ARBOR, Mich., January 20, 2006 - ProQuest Information and Learning and the Connecticut State Library have signed an agreement that will make more than a century of the Hartford Courant's historical digital archive available to every academic, public and K-12 library in Connecticut. Years 1764 through 1922 of the archive, which captures history through America's oldest continuously published newspaper, will be available through iCONN, the state's online digital library (www.iCONN.org).
In December ProQuest announced its agreement with the Hartford Courant to digitize the newspaper’s issues, allowing desktop access to PDFs of the actual articles, ads and page layouts as they appeared the day they were published. Through iCONN, Connecticut residents with public library cards will have access via the Internet to issues dating through 1922, while students and faculty at schools and universities will access through their school or university gateway. Student access is available to anyone attending a university or college in Connecticut, regardless of residency.Connecticut residents’ fast access to the database is the result of joint effort among ProQuest, iCONN and its member libraries. “There was early commitment from the State Library and the iCONN libraries to get this significant database digitized and out to the entire state,” said Rod Gauvin, ProQuest senior vice-president of publishing and marketing. “That funding support and cooperation helped us quickly deliver on a project that will benefit
The State Library and ProQuest see broad uses of the archive. Scholars can use it as a source of primary research across multiple disciplines. In the public library setting, it’s expected to be a sought-after resource for genealogical and local historical research. In schools, it provides an intuitive, convenient way to address the increased emphasis on the use of primary resource documents in the teaching of American history.
“This is an exciting and significant addition to the suite of iCONN databases and one that benefits all iCONN users,” said State Librarian Kendall F. Wiggin. He also credited the financial support from school, public, academic and special libraries across the state for making this happen. “This was the first time the State Library has gone to the library community to help fund an iCONN database and the response was very gratifying,” he said.
iCONN will begin providing the historical file – from 1764 – 1922 – this month to all
The digitization of The Hartford Courant is one in a series of enhancements to the ProQuest news publications program. Each is aimed at building a core of products that will allow comprehensive research to be done easily from a single starting point. In addition to significantly expanding the availability of digital archives, ProQuest has recently announced enhancements to its current news program including the launch of Latin American Newsstand, which provides library patrons with comprehensive coverage of
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