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Quincy Public Library has expanded the Quincy Historical Newspaper Archive, thanks to the generous support of the Quincy Herald-Whig and the Oakley-Lindsay Foundation. The archive now features all Quincy newspapers published from 1835 to 2020, expanding the service by almost 100 years.
“The newspaper archive is one of the most used digital resources,” said QPL Director Kathleen Helsabeck. “It is invaluable to local historians and genealogists. We are so grateful to be able to announce the expansion of this vital resource.”
Before the expansion, the library had all issues through 1926 available. The library has been working on this expansion for the last two years. The project was delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. The new archive is also mobile-friendly, making the content searchable from any device.
“Though we’ve had these issues on microfilm, expanding the online archive makes the issues far more accessible and user-friendly,” said Helsabeck. “They can now be accessed from anywhere. They are also searchable by keyword or date.”
In addition to the newspaper archive, the library has also added a new Architecture Database. The database allows users to browse QPL’s collection of historical documents and photos of some of Quincy’s most recognizable landmarks and buildings. This database was made possible thanks to a generous contribution by George M. Irwin.
“Quincy is recognized throughout the tri-states for its beautiful architecture,” said Helsabeck. “We have been working with the Quincy Preserves and the City of Quincy to get the information all in one place, so it is accessible to our community.”
The library continues to add files to the architecture database and is currently seeking contributions to the database. If you would like to share documents to add to the database, contact the library.
In addition to the local resources, the library has added seven additional database offerings for the community.
All databases are available online at quincylibrary.org/research. They are available for free with your library card.