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Cold North Wind to Digitize The Washington Star Archives

Cold North Wind, Inc. and Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI) have agreed to publish full-page, searchable images of The Washington Star's archives on the Internet. The Washington Star was a major newspaper in Washington, D.C., for many years but discontinued publication in 1981. Its archive rights were obtained by The Washington Post Co. Terms of the agreement were not released.

The Washington Star's 1.5-million newspaper page archive spans a large portion of newspaper history in the nation's capital and chronicles about 130 years of U.S. history. The coverage dates to 1852 and includes events from the Civil War, Reconstruction, the two World Wars, the Depression, and the struggle for civil rights.

Founded in 1999, Cold North Wind is currently creating an online newspaper archive. The company uses proprietary technology to turn newspaper archives on microfilm into high-resolution, searchable, digital images on the Internet. Cold North Wind provides revenue-producing solutions to organizations that hold valuable microfilm archives, as well as to distributors of online content.

Cold North Wind recently launched Paper of Record (http://www.paperofrecord.com), a fee-based portal that provides access to a growing archive of historical newspapers, most of which are Canadian. WPNI will have the option of using The Washington Star stories elsewhere, including on washingtonpost.com.

Source: Cold North Wind, Inc.

[Editor's Note: WPNI's The Washington Post will be digitized through ProQuest Information and Learning's Historical Newspapers initiative. ProQuest targets the first quarter of 2003 for the project's completion.]



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