Sunday, June 8, 2008

The war between the states that didn't happen

Thanks to the Wisconsin-based Internet Scout Project, I took a look for Midwestern articles at "The Nineteenth Century in Print: The Making of America in Periodicals." Here's one from The New-England Magazine from November 1835 about the militaristic-sounding border dispute between Ohio and Michigan. (FYI this is just one collection of over 100 in the Library of Congress's American Memory.)

Twenty-three periodicals are represented, from The American Missionary to The United States Democratic Review. The longest run is 1815-1900 for the North American Review. I believe three are still in existence.

Note the difference between search options. You can search full-text, but only in uncorrected OCR, which is barely readable. The main search, on the other hand, is only for authors, titles, and other bibliographic information: it doesn't capture every word. So you could well miss a mention of an ancestral name if that person wasn't an author, title, or subject, and if their name was wrongly read by the OCR automaton.

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