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Frequently Asked Questions:


I did a search for a name that I know is in the paper but it did not come up. Why?

Indexing is done by searching for words in an image of the newspaper page. This is called Optical Character Recognition or OCR. OCR is not a perfect process even with very good originals. When the originals are discolored or contain broken type, the results are less good. If the OCR program was not able to identify a word it will not appear in the index.

Why do some of the photographs look so "washed out."

Many of the images were created as black and white images even if the pages were originally in color. This type of image is great for text but not so good for pictures. If you require a better copy of a picture, a grey-scale image can be created from a microfilm copy of the newspaper.

Can I download an entire title to my computer for personal research?

You can use the site and content as you wish.

Is there a way for me to analyze or download the data found on the site?

The Library of Congress designed the site to be accessible by programmers using an API (Application Programming Interface). If you have the skillset and the desire to do so, you can write software to directly access the data on the site using the api. You can find out more information on the api here. Note that some changes to the way our data is formulated may not work perfectly with the way the api is described. The software was originally developed to display newspapers which contain titles, editions, version, and daily publication data. Because we are showing images that don't have that granularity of data (yearbooks, for example, don't have issue numbers), the software needed to be altered to handle the different needs of the collections we display. As such, the api's should work correctly but note that you may have to alter some criteria when using it.

Can I download an entire title to my computer for personal research?

You can use the site and content as you wish in a way that is responsible and respectable.

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