Amesbury Library Offers Digital Trip Through Time

Amesbury Public Library

The Amesbury Public Library and Advantage Preservation were featured in The Daily News of Newburyport, Massachusetts this week for the digitization of almost four centuries of local records and early newspapers. This content is now available online to the public at amesbury.advantage-preservation.com.

With local records dating back to 1642, the community history archive of the Amesbury Public Library now contains some of the oldest historic content Advantage has ever worked with. The archive also contains newspapers from the 1800’s with several different titles including the Amesbury and Salisbury Villager, The Weekly News and The Amesbury News.

The archive which was scanned and made available online in a keyword searchable format by Advantage is part of the Amesbury Library’s preservation plan as they continue to grow the collection said library archivist Meghan Petersen. Peterson asked that patrons “stay tuned” as the library adds new content by the end of April and into the future.

On the value of making these primary resources available to the public Peterson said that “newspapers of the time can give a clearer view of 19th century Amesbury than most history books.” “Old newspaper ads tell a story all their own.”

The project was made possible thanks to support from the Amesbury Public Library Charitable Trust. To read more on the project you can find the article, Amesbury library offers digital trip through time, online at the Daily News. For any questions on the project, please contact Advantage account manager Grant K.