Newspaper project

Jennifer and I have been working with two student staff–Jamella and Jessica–on a project to better protect and organize Special Collection’s unbound newspapers. There are two goals for this newspaper project: creating a safer storage system that meets modern preservation standards and generating a finding aid for the Online Archive of California (OAC).

We are uncovering some interesting papers as we work on this project! Below is just a small selection of our newspaper collection. Special Collections also has a large collection of Mexican newspapers and a collection called the “radical newspapers”, which is a selection of 20th century political newspapers and newsletters. We welcome enquiries by students, staff, and visitors who would like to use our newspapers!

A notice by George Washington offering pardon to deserters, from The Freeman’s Journal: Or The North-American Intelligencer, Wednesday, February 27, 1782

A selection from an editorial trying to contextualize the actions of the “slaves of the despot at Washington”, from The Charleston Daily Courier (of the Confederate States of America), Thursday, June 27, 1861

One of our more unusual titles, the distinguished, “oldest bee paper in America”