Today, Google announced on their official blog that they are undertaking a new project to digitize and make available online 200 years of newspapers. Obviously, the project will take a long time to complete, but you can see the beginnings of their work online now. Google seems to be bringing the newspapers online by focusing significant world events like Neil Armstrong’s moon walk before moving on to smaller stories. Try searching for “titanic located” and you will find this copy of the St. Petersburg Times story from Saturday, August 16, 1980. So far the options are fairly limited, but eventually this will be a great resource for teachers and students.
Applications for Education
The Google News newspaper archives will eventually make more old newspapers available to teachers and students than can be found in even the best high school microfiche collections.