Thursday, March 13, 2008

Footnote expands SmallTownPapers Collection


- The SmallTownPapers Collection details the lives and histories of people and events across the United States announced today a new partnership with SmallTownPapers, Inc. that will add millions of pages of historical newspapers to the site. With over 28 million images of original documents already on, the historical newspapers will prove to be a valuable addition, providing a unique view of our nation’s history.

After using, SmallTownPapers President Paul Jeffko quickly realized the two companies had a natural synergy. "Our unique and exclusive small-town newspaper content is a boon for any researcher, and with providing high quality viewing, printing, and downloading, visitors are going to discover a new dimension and relevance to online history and
genealogy research."

Unlike many of the major newspapers, small town newspapers give a glimpse into what day-to-day life was like for many Americans during that time. Visitors can browse articles of local news content, historic photos, and birth, marriage, and obituary announcements. The image viewer on enables visitors to see images of the newspapers exactly as they were printed, dating back to the mid-19th century.

“These newspapers can be found in other places, but what makes so different is the social networking component we offer,” explains Russ Wilding, CEO of “Social networking isn’t just for young people on MySpace or Facebook anymore. People of all ages with different interests, including history, are now interacting with each other on the internet. has created an engaging and fun experience with content like historical newspapers, that enables people to discuss their discoveries with others.”

Visit to access free samples of these newspapers and to see what Footnote members have contributed.

About Footnote, Inc.
Founded in 1997 as iArchives, Inc., is a subscription website that features searchable original documents that provide users with an unaltered view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit

About SmallTownPapers®
SmallTownPapers is a leading solution provider for publishers of America’s 5000 small market newspapers. Working with publishers nationwide, the Seattle-based company digitally preserves current and archive editions and provides searchable online access to the newspapers. Additionally, SmallTownPapers provides millions of news consumers across the country with access to real-time news and information from small town America. Today, more than 350 newspapers from 46 states can be accessed and searched through SmallTownPapers. The archive, containing editions dating as far back as the 1800's, continues to grow as publishers discover SmallTownPapers in their search for comprehensive digital archive solutions.

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