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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Great web resource

Archivist-historian David Mattison’s, Ten Thousand Year blog led me to the excellent resources at the Washington State Library. "The Washington State Library has a remarkable collection of digitized historical books, maps and newspapers through its Washington History site. You can search the newspapers, which date back to 1852, by keyword as they’ve been OCRed or you can locate a specific title. The browse interface is innovative in that you’re shown a popup window with a hyperlinked title of each item on a page. Much of the content deals with British Columbia, Canada. The newspaper images, at least from one of the titles I examined from 1866, are extremely clear, even at 300% magnification. In order to view the maps and newspapers you have to download and install, if you don’t already have it, the free LizardTech DJVu browser plugin."

I did a few searches and found some great info on late 18th century coastal trade.

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