Historic Polish newspaper digitized and accessible in CRL e-collections.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Center for Research Libraries has digitized the initial 10 years (1908-17) of Dziennik Zwiazkowy, a Polish-language newspaper published in Chicago, and is making it Internet-accessible to researchers at CRL member institutions and a number of Illinois public libraries as part of CRL’s growing corpus of electronic resources. See Digital Collections.

The digitized version of Dziennik Zwiazkowy (Alliance Daily, in English) includes numerous researcher-friendly features. Users can browse a list of all issues; search for a newspaper date through a pull-down calendar and by volume and issue; and conduct full-text searches within each issue and page of the newspaper.

Dziennik Zwiazkowy was selected for digitization for its historical and cultural value, as the newspaper’s early years coincide with an important time in the history of the City of Chicago, the state, and nation, and because many Chicago Poles were at the forefront of the struggle for workers' rights and the union movement.

Funding for this grant project was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).