28 May 2008 News Releases

ProQuest First to Offer Online Access to More than 80 Years of New York Tribune

ProQuest will digitize the New York Tribune, offering online access to more than 80 years of news - including the early years of this once influential and avant-garde newspaper.

ProQuest will digitize the <i>New York Tribune</i>, offering online access to more than 80 years of news - including the early years of this once influential and avant-garde newspaper.   ProQuest is the first to offer digital access to the of the <i>New York Tribune</i> - 1841-1922 - providing desktop access to writings from the 19th century's most revolutionary thinkers.

"Our editorial mission for ProQuest Historical Newspapers is to digitize the most historically significant titles," said Rod Gauvin, senior vice president of publishing for ProQuest. "When researchers told us that the beginning years of the New York Tribune's run are of the most value to them, we listened.  We are pleased to now offer the New York Tribune - a significant source of alternative views of local, national, and world events."

ProQuest previously digitized years 1900 to 1910 of the Tribune, widely regarded as one of the most ground-breaking newspapers of its time.  Editorials from Horace Greeley, the paper's colorful publisher, influenced the abolishment of slavery, infamous presidents and politicians, and encouraged the settlement of the West.  Reform-minded Greeley, whose newspaper had a circulation of more than a quarter of a million by the 1860s, helped form the Republican Party and ran for president in 1872.

The digitized New York Tribune will enable research into major issues of the 19th and 20th centuries, from pre-Civil War tensions and U.S. internationalism, to the fight for women's rights and the completion of the Panama Canal. In addition to politics and reform, the Tribune also reported on the arts, New York society, sports, business and finance, making it a valuable resource of primary source material for scholars in many fields. In its heyday, it featured articles written by Margaret Fuller, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Engels.

The Tribune's archives are cross-searchable with ProQuest Historical Newspapers, the world's largest digital newspaper archive, encompassing 19 million pages dating from 1764.  A core research holding in major libraries around the world, it includes such formidable newspapers as The Guardian, The Observer, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Atlanta Constitution, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, The Chicago Defender, New York Amsterdam News, Pittsburgh Courier, Los Angeles Sentinel, and Atlanta Daily World. Its digitization is one in a series of enhancements to the Historical Newspapers program. Later this year, ProQuest will make The Irish Times (1859-2006), San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922), and Baltimore Sun (1837-1922), available to libraries everywhere.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers is one of a variety of products aimed at offering a total news solution for libraries.  ProQuest's significantly expanding news program includes the recently released ProQuest Civil War Era, Critical Mention, U.S. Hispanic Newsstand, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Black Newspapers.  ProQuest's extensive current news collection contains more than 500 newspapers from around the world, including over 350 full-text titles.  It also includes unique delivery systems such as Library PressDisplay, which provides libraries with same-day direct access to nearly 650 current international and domestic dailies in full-image, full-page format.

For more information on the New York Tribune and other ProQuest Historical Newspapers, visit www.proquest.com.

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