The day has arrived! The beta version of Historic Oregon Newspapers online is now available. You can test the interface and start viewing more than 130,000 pages here: http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu
Disclaimer: Access is expected to be intermittent throughout the beta period. Also, some computers/networks may have firewalls preventing users from accessing the site. We cannot provide tech support for those users; however, they may be assured that these problems are only expected to occur during the beta period.
Here’s more information from Karen Estlund, who directed the development of the site in collaboration with Azle Malinao-Alvarez and Kirstin Hierholzer of the UO Libraries Interactive Media Group:
“This website was developed using open source software created by the Library of Congress. Work is still being done to convert from a national product and from LC’s templates to our system, and will continue to occur during the beta period. We are the first outside user to implement this software, and we will also be leading with the Library of Congress a ‘hackathon’ in February 2011 to extend the software.
We currently have over 130,000 pages available in the system, including the Oregon Spectator (first newspaper in Oregon) and the Portland New Age (first African American newspaper in Oregon).
Thanks to: Jason Stone, John Taylor, Linda Sato, Lesli Larson, Mandi Garcia, Mary Grenci, Rebecca Fisher, Tamara Vidos Glencross, Duncan Barth, Andy Kurzhal, Marilyn Mohr, Azle Malinao-Alvarez, Kirstin Hierholzer, Nancy Slight-Gibney, Dave Fowler, Ann Miller, Barb Butler, Michael Thompson, Patrick Moore, and slew of students!”