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Herbert Bayard Swope,
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American Newspaper Repository

      We founded the American Newspaper Repository in 1999 in order to save a unique collection of original newspapers that would otherwise have been destroyed or dispersed. The Repository exists in order to preserve and make available to the scholarly public, and to future generations, these magnificent landmarks of American publishing.
     We have about five thousand newspaper volumes, most of which came, directly or indirectly, from the British Library. Notable long runs include the New York World, the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. There are also many foreign language and immigrant papers, such as the Yiddish Forward, the Irish World, and the Greek Atlantis. (Here is a full list.)
     Many of these runs exist nowhere else in the original. Research libraries everywhere, including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, and the Center for Research Libraries, have replaced most of their often richly illustrated sets of late 19th and 20th century newspapers with black and white microfilm. The collection, housed in an 1848 brick mill building, is open to researchers by appointment.
     The American Newspaper Repository is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation directed by Nicholson Baker, a writer. All labor is volunteered. The repository has had the help of individual contributors, and has received grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Knight Foundation.
     You can read more about the fate of late-nineteenth and twentieth century newspapers in Nicholson Baker's book Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper. G. Thomas Tanselle's Literature and Artifacts (Charlottesville: Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 1998) has several essays about the importance of keeping source originals and about microfilm-induced losses to scholarship.
     Contributions are tax deductible and very much appreciated.
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Rollinsford, New Hampshire 03869

Please include the PO Box in the address; Rollinsford has no mail delivery.    
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