UNM Libraries Lets You Use Your Cursor to Time Travel in Historic New Mexico
July 09, 2012
Categories: Inside UNM
Do you want to read the latest news from 1890 in the Deming Headlight? Care to see what one dollar case would buy from S.T. Bitting in Carlsbad in 1896? It's in the Eddy Current. Are you interested in the new law that sent gamblers in Tucumcari on the road to greener pastures in 1907? The whole story is in the Tucumcari Times.
UNM's Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections has completed digitization of the Deming Headlight from January 1890 to June 1901. It has digitized the Eddy Current and the Carlsbad Current from 1886 to 1889. The center has also digitized the Tucumcari News and the Tucumcari Times for 1907.
A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities has allowed University Libraries and the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) to continue ongoing digitization efforts of historic newspapers in the New Mexico territory. NEH and the Library of Congress are collaborating on the project and the papers are now available online through the Library of Congress' Chronicling America Project.
UNM has long had microfilm copies of state newspapers available, but the only place they could be accessed was the basement of Zimmerman Library. The digitized versions of the papers can now be found using an internet connection anywhere.
CSWR is focused on digitizing small community papers from around the state. Michael Kelly, executive director of the center says they have applied for another grant so they can continue the digitization project.
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