Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Old Marin County paper's editions now online

It is possible now to read an 1891 edition of the old Marin County Journal newspaper online thanks to the Marin County Free Library. The library has revamped its website to include a searchable database (www.marinlibrary.org) of local history including scanned editions of the old Marin County Journal newspaper, the predecessor of the Marin Independent Journal. The IJ reports that the online newspaper archive uses an "optical character recognition" technology that allows users to search for words within the scanned pages. The newspaper pilot project covers the periods of 1861-66 and 1919-20, although the library is seeking grants and donations to expand it.

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