A look at the past...

Renee Comer, cataloger at the Princeton Public Library, looks over a copy of the Princeton Times from 1963

PRINCETON — The Princeton Times archives have a new home on microfilm and online, thanks to the Princeton Public Library.

Brittany Rothausen, library director, said the library had physical copies of past issues going back as far as 1965. After assessing which copies appeared to be in the worst shape or in danger of disintegrating, the library sent out four years worth of papers to be converted to microfilm.

Rothausen said she wanted to convert a few years of the paper to start and plans to add more to the collection in the future.

The papers are also available to view from a personal computer on the library’s website. Patrons can not only view the past newspapers, but also search for particular words.

“Someone can search for their great-grandmother’s obituary by typing in the name,” Rothausen said. “The results are not 100 percent but it does work.”

Archiving the Princeton Times papers ties in with a grant the library requested for an archival scanner. Rothausen said the scanner could be used for small things like historic pieces collected from the Princeton Delphian Club including program brochures.

She said the library is the first to archive issues of the Princeton Times.

“We get people coming in frequently looking for things in the Princeton Times like small news stories and happy news other papers might not have covered,” she said.

She added she is glad to have started the process of archiving the Princeton Times because of the wear of many of the issues.

“If we had waited much longer some of the 1960s papers might have been lost,” she said. “Now we have them on microfilm; they’re safe and not going anywhere.”

The archives may be viewed on the library’s website at princetonlibrarywv.com under the education tab.

— Contact Jackie Puglisi at jpuglisi@ptonline.net

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