11 August 2008 News Releases

The Scotsman Brings Increased Coverage of the British Isles and Wider World to ProQuest® Historical Newspapers

News release with the announcement that ProQuest is adding The Scotsman, Scotland's newspaper of record since 1817, to ProQuest Historical Newspapers. From August 11, 2008.

ProQuest is adding The Scotsman, Scotland's newspaper of record since 1817, to ProQuest Historical Newspapers.  The Scotsman has played a vital role in forming opinion and reporting on events, both internationally and in Scotland, for the past 200 years , and complements the coverage in The Guardian and The Irish Times and other titles in ProQuest Historical Newspapers.  ProQuest will make every page of every issue of the paper from 1817 through 1950 available digitally through ProQuest Historical Newspapers. 

"Newspapers have a unique ability to bring history to life," said Rod Gauvin, senior vice president of ProQuest.  "The Scotsman does just that by providing a matchless account of the 19th and 20th centuries through the voice of its passionate writers.   We're pleased to partner with The Scotsman to give unfiltered insight into world events, opinions of the time, and daily life to researchers in libraries throughout the world."

Henry Faure Walker, General Manager, The Scotsman Publications Ltd, commented:  "The Scotsman digital archive, with its huge depth of content represents possibly the best Scottish resource for anyone interested in news events over the last 200 years.  We are delighted to be adding The Scotsman archive to the ProQuest portfolio and in so doing further extending the access and enjoyment of this formidable historical resource." 

The Scotsman archive provides analysis of world events at times of extraordinary change.  Primary accounts provide detailed insights into the immediacy of the Empire, the Industrial Revolution, mass emigration from the United Kingdom to the U.S. and around the globe, as well as the legacy and impact of the Scottish Enlightenment.  The Scotsman includes in-depth reporting on a range of global news events from the death of Sir Walter Scott to the death of Abraham Lincoln, from the Catholic Emancipation Bill to the Battle of Gettysburg, from the building of the Forth Rail Bridge to the crash of the U.S. stock market, and comprehensive reporting of the First and Second World Wars.  The Scotsman is a vital source of information for Scottish/Celtic studies, world history, literature and the arts, foreign policy, conflict resolution, and migration studies.  Further, the deep backfile makes The Scotsman a valuable resource for genealogists tracing their Scottish roots. 

ProQuest continues to add U.S. and international titles to its Historical Newspapers program, developing an online primary source that not only provides the news, but also advertisements, obituaries, marriage announcements, editorials, classifieds, comics, cartoons, and more.  The archives of this newly added paper are cross-searchable with ProQuest Historical Newspapers, the world's largest digital newspaper archive, encompassing more than 20 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, New York Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, 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.

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