Thursday, July 23, 2009


We read print newspapers less frequently than before the explosion of digital media, but newspapers remain a valued source for researchers searching for contemporary responses to various events - political, cultural, natural...

Our subscriptions to print newspapers from France and Italy have been dwindling - we currently only receive Le Canard Enchaine and Corriere della Sera in print; and current microfilm subscriptions to Le Monde, Corriere, and Liberation. We have many early newspapers and journals available on microfilm - a selected list is here, scroll down to "individual journals". These and many others are available online from their own websites and through subscriptions to databases like Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Making of the Modern World, and Factiva. The BnF's digital library Gallica, and L'Emeroteca Digitale at the Braidense, offer rich holdings for French and Italian historical newspapers. For a sampling of available databases with newspaper contents, see the "News" section of the library Databases page.

The ICON project (International Coalition on Newspapers), based at the Center for Research Libraries (unfortunately SULAIR is not a member) offers a very useful database and list of foreign newspapers and their availability. Under Digitization Projects, you will find links to historical newspaper digitization projects.

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Sarah Sussman, curator of French and Italian Collections