The Peabody Gazette-Bulletin was known at different times by different names.
At one point the Peabody Gazette-Herald became the Gazette Bulletin. Then it was known as the Peabody Gazette, and later the Peabody Herald. No matter the name, the local Peabody newspaper has recorded the first draft of the community’s history since 1876.
Previously only available on microfilm, if you wanted to view the rich content contained on each reel, you had to visit the Peabody Township Library. That was the easy part. To locate a name, an event, or anything else of significance, you first needed to know a date, or at least have a narrow date range in mind. Then once you located the reel containing the date range of the newspaper you were looking for, you had to thread the machine and start scrolling. Looking for the single page of interest to you amongst the up to 1000 pages on that reel.
Let’s face it, microfilm is a preservation medium and exists to ensure that newspaper content is available for future generations. Microfilm however makes for a pretty lousy research tool.. In today’s digital age, a digital solution is required to unlock the rich history buried in those reels.
The Peabody Township Library is addressing this issue by digitizing their microfilm collections and putting them online with the help of Advantage Preservation.
In this article:
Library director Roger Charles talks about the project to digitize the library’s collection of local newspapers.
“This is a significant leap forward in the preservation of our local history since newspapers play such a critical role in that regard,”
The oldest publication in the collection is a newspaper published in January 1876. Charles understands the value of digital access and does not confuse access with long term preservation. The existing microfilm records will be preserved.
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