We’re moving on to Phase 4! UF Libraries receive NEH grant to digitize newspapers

UF Libraries receive NEH grant to digitize newspapers: Project will provide access to ethnic and Caribbean newspapers The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to expand their newspaper digitization efforts and continue participating in the National Digital Newspaper Program. The funds providedContinue reading We’re moving on to Phase 4! UF Libraries receive NEH grant to digitize newspapers

The Curious Cures of Ed Greene: What a small town doctor can teach us about American medicine

The archived articles at the Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project offer unique insight into the world of “patent medicines:” unlicensed and unregulated products sold as over-the-counter medicine, regardless of their effectiveness. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, most local newspapers contained dozens of advertisements for these cure-all tonics, potions, and pills.

A Glimpse into 20th Century “Modas” in Puerto Rico

La Correspondencia (1890-1943), was founded by Ramón B. López and it quickly gained popularity among the people on the island as it is considered to be the first daily newspaper that was most accessible to the public. It circulated throughout Puerto Rico, with approximately 5,000 copies printed per day. Eventually, it would gain the nicknameContinue reading A Glimpse into 20th Century “Modas” in Puerto Rico

Blood Upon the Sand: The Armenian Genocide in World War I

On April 29, 1915, sandwiched between advertisements for “Groves Tasteless Chill Tonic” and “Chamberlain’s Tablets” near the bottom of page two of the Thursday edition of the Pensacola Journal (column five), was a short report on the Turkish arrest of hundreds of Armenian residents of Constantinople (Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The obscure placement of the article must have made sense to the editors given other dramatic stories reported that day. America was at peace, but Europe and much of the world was in the ninth month of World War I. The small Pensacola paper dutifully relayed the developments in that week’s landing of Allied troops along the Gallipoli Peninsula in an attempt to wrest control of the Dardanelles from Turkish troops and seize Constantinople, a campaign designed to knock the Ottoman Empire out of the war on the road to the defeat of that country and its ally, Germany.

The Hinge of Fate: The Attempted Assassination of FDR in Miami

Today we bring you a guest post by R. Boyd Murphree, Project Manager, Florida Family and Community History, Digital Services and Shared Collections, University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries. He can be contacted at bmurphree@ufl.edu and is also on Twitter @boyd_murphree. In his 1962 alternative history novel, The Man in the High Castle, PhilipContinue reading The Hinge of Fate: The Attempted Assassination of FDR in Miami

The Case of Isabel Gonzalez

The political status of Puerto Ricans has been questioned ever since the island was annexed by the United States in the late nineteenth century as a result of the Spanish-American War. Questions regarding the United States citizenship of Puerto Ricans were definitely brought forth during the Supreme Court case Gonzales v. Williams (1904). The caseContinue reading The Case of Isabel Gonzalez