Using data from historic newspapers

"This post is derived from a talk David Brunton, current Chief of Repository Development at the Library of Congress, gave to a group of librarians in 2015."

Using the Chronicling America API as an example, he argues that "researchers are, in general, subject to at least three constraints that make simplification of APIs a priority:

Looking for "United Burma" newspaper

Dear colleagues,

I'm trying to find copies of the newspaper "United Burma", published in Rangoon between c. 1907 and 1920. The paper was edited by Madanjit Viyavaharik and owned by Pranjivan Mehta, a close associate of Gandhi.

Any help in what has so far proved a rather fruitless search would be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks,

Laurence Cox

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, National University of Ireland Maynooth

Summer 2016 Issue of Pennsylvania History Now Available!

The Summer 2016 issue (83.30) of Pennsylvania History: a Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies is now available through membership in the Pennsylvania Historical Association or via JSTOR or ProjectMuse.

Table of Contents:

Arthur Scherr, To “Alarm The Publick Mind”: A Reexamination of Pamphlets And Newspapers In Philadelphia And The Early Republic

Ron W. Ennis, Bethlehem Steelworkers, the Press, and the Struggle for the Eight-Hour Day

Amanda Beyer-Purvis, The Philadelphia Bible Riots of 1844: Contest Over the Rights of Citizens

Re: Historical Newspaper Links

Who says H-Net is dead? I've had over 700 views of my website since posting this thread on H-SHEAR and H-SOUTH, about 24 hours ago. Most visitors (perhaps 90%) are from the US, but there are a smattering of international visitors as well. I intended to post this thread to the Nineteenth Century Facebook page at a later date to experiment with which forum cast a broader net, but an H-SHEAR member beat me to it and posted it within hours of my initial post (Thanks!). It has not been reposted to the AHA Community forum, so I think that speaks for how our current social media works.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers Data Challenge

How can you use open data to explore history?  The National Endowment for the Humanities invites members of the public to produce creative web-based projects demonstrating the potential for using the data found in the Chronicling America website, available at


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