Kennebunk Free Library Completes Digital Conversion of Historical Newspapers

Kennebunk Free Library on October 28 announced the availability of newly digitized historical journals from its special collections.

The Kennebunk Free Library recently announced that it had participated in the digital conversion of three newspapers from the late 19th century and early 20th century: the newspapers are the Kennebunk Enterprise (1904-1920), Seaside Echo (1901-1907). ) and the Wave (1887-1890). Image from the Free Kennebunk Library

With the help of partner institutions, the Osher Map Library and the Maine State Library, and with funding from the Maine Humanities Council Bicentennial Grant Committee, the library completed a long-standing digitization project aimed at preserving the content of the issues. of three local historical newspapers that have been in storage for nearly three decades.

The logs are: Kennebunk company (1904-1920), Echo of the seaside (1901-1907) and the Wave (1887-1890).

While the library holds microfilms from several other newspapers, these three publications have never been kept in any other format. Not only has digitization enabled the library to make newspapers available to everyone via the Internet, but it has also made it possible to preserve the contents of the issues from permanent loss due to the rapidly deteriorating conditions of the newsprint itself. .

The Business in particular, was in great need of preservation due to the brittle paper flaking off with as little disturbance as walking along the volumes. As an added bonus for readers and researchers, scanned issues can also be searched by keyword.

The publications offer a wealth of information about the community and are a resource for preserving and remembering the history of the region. Readers will find local news, advertisements for local businesses and services, columns of social events, editorials, obituaries, regional and national news, and more, all illustrating what life was like in the Kennebunks and York County over a century ago.

Customers are encouraged to explore the diaries by visiting, as well as the digitized volumes of the Andrew Walker Diaries.

For more information call 207-985-2173 or email [email protected]

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