It’s Women’s History Month; thus an appropriate time to reflect on women in history as seen in newspapers. Chronicling America‘s newspapers from 1836-1922 help capture an integral period of time in the women’s history: here we see the growing effort for suffrage and equal rights, the passage of the 19th Amendment, and the emergence of such pioneering women as Clara Barton, Susan B. Anthony, Dorothy Dix, and so many more.
The Topics page on Chronicling America contains a number of intriguing women’s history topics, from developments in women’s sporting fashion to Clara Barton’s founding of the American Red Cross; see them below:
Are you interested in genealogy? We’re pleased to announce we’ll be offering a class at the Vermont Genealogy Library on how to use Chronicling America for genealogy research on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 10:30 am to 12 pm.
Egbert Stolk writes as a guest blogger for our User Spotlight Series this month. Egbert recently graduated from the University of Vermont’s Historic Preservation Program with a Master of Science. Below he shares his experience of using Chronicling America to research immigrant stories for The Burlington Edible Food Tour.
In my work for the edible food walking tour in Burlington, Vermont, we strive to gather immigrant stories who were working directly or indirectly in the food industry in Burlington. The different ethnic groups that came to America, and in our case specifically Burlington, also brought their food traditions with them. Sometimes traditional food was sold in shops or otherwise immigrants sold American food, while cooking ethnic food at home. In The Burlington Edible Food Tour we try to uncover immigrant and food stories, and places that relate to these stories. We used the online newspaper database Chronicling America to find more stories for the tour. For example: to locate street vendors and restaurants owned by immigrants and events pertaining to those businesses. It was very helpful as history is sometimes lost forever, but with the help of century-old journalism we are able to reconstruct part of Burlington’s immigrant history. Continue reading User Spotlight Series: Egbert Stolk→
Many thanks to a patron who requested this how-to, as the ability to clip, save, and print quality images from Chronicling America can be a challenge! We have a few tried-and-true techniques (and free!) to help you out.
Chronicling America offers a few different ways to easily clip, save, and print images, with varying quality of the images.
We’ve also included a few alternative methods that have worked for the project. (Note: we are not promoting any of these resources; while we’ve had successes with these alternative methods and online tools, we understand they may not work well for everyone!)
1. Saving/Sorting Images:
Share/SaveButton: Chronicling America has ashare/savebutton on the top of each page that allows you to copy and paste the newspaper page’s link, save to your favorites folder, email, share with social media, or download the image to an RSS feed, as a jp2, or pdf.
Bottom Label: Every Chronicling America page has a bottom label with the newspaper title, date, and a hyperlink. This allows you to copy and paste the information into a document. It’s a great tool for keeping relevant pages organized.