110-Year Digital Archive of The Washington Post Now Complete in ProQuest Historical Newspapers(TM)

Full page image resource offers unique perspective on national events

May 20, 2003, 01:00 ET from ProQuest Information and Learning

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- From the end of
 Reconstruction to the sighting of a taped-over lock in the Watergate complex,
 researchers and historians may now read the key American political stories as
 they developed in The Washington Post.  The newly completed full-page image
 archive provides electronic access to more than a century of articles in
 ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
     The full run of The Washington Post from 1877 to 1987 offers a unique
 perspective on national events.  Every sitting president from Rutherford B.
 Hayes to Ronald Reagan fills its columns -- with the stories of their
 successors still to come.  ProQuest will add a year of coverage every year.
 The database includes each page from every issue, cover to cover, in PDF
 files.  More than 2.6 million pages of articles comprise the newly digitized
     The Washington Post is just one of the famous mastheads featured in the
 ProQuest Historical Newspapers program.  It joins The New York Times (1851-
 1999) and The Wall Street Journal (1889-1985) in the exclusive database
 created and distributed by ProQuest Company's (NYSE:   PQE) Information and
 Learning unit to educational institutions and libraries around the world.  The
 Christian Science Monitor digital backfile (1908-1990) was completed this
 spring as well.
     The ProQuest Historical Newspapers project was initiated in January 2001
 as part of the company's ongoing Digital Vault Initiative(TM).  The collection
 offers ready access to the full content of each newspaper starting from its
 very first issue.  Other titles in the ProQuest Historical Newspapers
 collection will include The Chicago Tribune, set to begin manufacture soon,
 and The Los Angeles Times with manufacture already underway.
     Information Today columnist Peter Jasco hails ProQuest for launching "the
 most important newspaper archive" (February 2003).  This unparalleled resource
 gives users the tools to study specific historic events, compare coverage in
 different newspapers, or follow trends across more than a century of change.
 ProQuest Historical Newspapers offers an unmatched depth and breadth of
 national and international news, analysis and political commentary, all
 searchable through a modified version of the powerful ProQuest(R) platform.
     Full text of The Washington Post dating from 1988 forward is also
 available electronically in ASCII full text from ProQuest.  The complete
 Washington Post product in ProQuest provides access to more than 125 years of
 a leading news source.  Both the archive and the current file are accessed by
 subscribers using the ProQuest Web-based online information service.
     The flagship newspaper of the nation's capital leads the nation in
 political and government coverage, available in print and through an
 internationally recognized Website at www.washingtonpost.com .  The Washington
 Post is known worldwide for the Pulitzer-winning coverage of the Watergate
 scandal that brought down the Nixon administration, a story which began when a
 security guard discovered a piece of tape across a door lock at the soon to be
 notorious office building.  The story is only one of dozens published in the
 Post to have been awarded the prestigious Pulitzer medal.
     Today's top stories had their roots in the earliest days of the Post's
 publishing life.  In 1877, the first commercial telephone was introduced.  By
 1987, 1 million mobile phone subscribers crammed the airwaves, transforming
 politics, the media, and every other aspect of life in the United States.  The
 Washington Post covered the story.
     While The Post is often frequently associated with its role in Watergate,
 it was founded in 1877 by Stilson Hutchins and has a long and storied history.
 While the early years of The Post brought financial woes and a string of
 owners, The Post was also marked by its involvement with great writers and
 historic events; among The Post's early contributors were Robert Louis
 Stevenson, Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Pulitzer.
     However, the successes could not match the mismanagement, and the paper
 was eventually sold at a bankruptcy auction in 1933.  In retrospect, this
 would be the best thing to ever happen to The Post as new owner Eugene Meyer
 quickly turned the paper around and built it into the premier paper in the
 nation's capital.  Throughout the last half-century, The Washington Post has
 remained a newspaper dedicated to covering the events in Washington and around
 the world.
     In association with Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, every backfile
 issue of The Washington Post has been digitized from cover to cover, including
 news stories, editorials, photos, graphics, and advertisements.  Searchers can
 use basic keyword, guided, publication specific, and relevancy search
 techniques to locate information.  Or, they can browse through issues page by
 page, as one would browse a printed edition.  Search results lists provide
 bibliographic information, including date, issue, article headline, page
 number, and byline (where given).  Users may choose to display the full page
 image of any page in any issue.
     Free trials are available.  Libraries may receive more information by
 contacting their account representative at 1-800-521-0600, ext 3183 or 3452
 (outside the U.S., call +44-1-223-215-512) or pqsales@il.proquest.com .
 Editors may call 1-800-521-0600, ext 6489 or email pr@il.proquest.com .
     About Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive
     Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is the new-media and electronic
 publishing subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE:   WPO).  Its mission
 is to develop the company's editorial products and businesses on the Internet
 and across all electronic content delivery platforms.  WPNI's flagship
 products include washingtonpost.com and Newsweek.com on MSNBC.com .  The
 company is headquartered in Arlington, VA.
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