Monday, November 30, 2009

A late Thanksgiving Day Present

I received my email today announcing the December 2009 PastPorts (.pdf) - the newsletter for the Special Collections Department of the St. Louis County Library.

On page one is the announcement:
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1874-1922) electronic database is now available for use in any St. Louis County Library location. It is also accessible at home by patrons with a valid St. Louis County Library card who live in the metropolitan St. Louis statistical area. The database is searchable, making it easy to find newspaper articles about specific persons or events.
It's an 8 page newsletter, but I've gotten no further than that paragraph, and it's been 2 hours! I made the simple mistake of following the link before I was done.

I count 31 news articles I've downloaded, ranging from basic marriage license announcements, to arrests for gambling, reports of car accidents (no serious injuries), and some partial answers to questions I've raised in prior posts.

I think my next step is to finish reading the newsletter, and then start sorting out the information I've obtained.

1 comment:

Kathryn Doyle said...

Congratulations! As a newsletter editor, I am so pleased that you will finish reading the December edition. But as a fellow family historian I predict some longer than usual hours at the computer. Thanks for taking time out to let us know about your gift.