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Does OPL have a way to temporarily access out of state online newspaper archives?

Im gathering history on a topic tied to Richmond, VA, and would like to know if its possible to temporarily access the University of Virginia's database containing the Richmond Times-Dispatch online newspaper archives? I need to pull down several old newspaper from 1973 - current day, however, purchasing individual archive articles is not an option at this point. thanks!
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I am sorry to say we do not!  However, you do have access to the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1985 to current via our Newsbank database--you will find that on our website under the Resource Center tab:; select Newsbank Newspaper Articles. If you are not in an OPL branch, you will be prompted to enter your library card number. This database provides only the electronic text of articles, however; no photos, ads, charts, or other graphic materials.

For articles before 1985, one cheaper possibility than purchasing individual articles is a trial subscription to; it provides access to a very large collection of digitized newspapers from all around the country, dating back to the 1800s.  They have the Richmond Times Dispatch from 1903 to the end of 1986 in their newspaper archives (the archives are fully digitized papers). They have monthly subscriptions as well as yearly ones--you just need to be careful to cancel before the month runs out.

A great site to search for digitized newspapers is the Ancestor Hunt blog. The author provides links to all the digitized newspaper sites he can find, and has organized them by location. So if you click on Virginia, you can then see a list of towns, counties, and newspapers, and what is available free online, with date ranges (usually, most of the free ones are from before 1923, when they are out of copyright). At the bottom he also provides links to the Virginia newspapers that can be accessed through subscription sites, allowing you to see what is available.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have trouble with any of this.

Martha Grenzeback
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