From State Hospitals to Pet Cemeteries to Feminist Communes, Chronicling America Restores Lost History.

Julianne Mangin is an independent researcher, writer, family historian, and blogger. She is a retired librarian who worked as a website developer at the Library of Congress from 1998 to 2011. This post highlights the ways Julianne has used online resources like Chronicling America* for her research. Amber Paranick (AP): How did you first learn […]

New to Chronicling America: The St. Croix Avis, US Virgin Islands (1865-1882)!

This month Chronicling America added newspapers from its 50th contributor – the University of the Virgin Islands!  This first newspaper from the U.S. Virgin Islands, the St. Croix Avis, provides a deep dive into a particularly tumultuous time in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  In 1867, the islands were on the cusp of being sold to the United States when a hurricane, earthquake, and tsunami struck within a month.  Covering the events of 1867 was the St. Croix Avis.

Dr. Charles R. Drew: Blood Bank Pioneer

The amount of people who owe their lives to Dr. Charles R. Drew is beyond measure.  The African American physician and surgeon pioneered the preservation of blood and plasma at the start of World War II and remained a leading authority on the subject for the rest of his career.  He is responsible for America’s first major blood banks and introduced the use of mobile blood donation and transport stations—later known as “bloodmobiles.”

Additions to Chronicling America Highlight the Revolutionary War and more!

This post was written by Robin Butterhof, a Digital Conversion Specialist in the Library’s Serial and Government Publications Division. Chronicling America added over 1,500,000 newspaper pages in 2020! Included in those new pages is the Newport Gazette (Newport, Rhode Island), which expands the date range of Chronicling America from 1789-1963 to 1777-1963. The Newport Gazette […]

Good News!

Presenting feel-good news stories to round out our posts for the year and say farewell to 2020 on a positive note! Hopefully, these uplifting, heartfelt, funny, and touching stories from yesterday’s news in Chronicling America* serve as a diversion from the darker news of this year… In 1947, after scouring newspaper stories around the country, […]