BelgicaPress: online access to historical Belgian newspapers

Front page, 6-5-2015

Front page, 6-5-2015

The blog of the Bodleian History Faculty Library at Oxford has recently drawn our attention to a new service available through the Koninklijke Bibliotheek België:

On 24 April, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek België (Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, Royal Library of Belgium) launched BelgicaPress, an online resource providing access to nine digitised historical Belgium newspapers. Over 4 mill

ion pages have been digitised. They cover 1831 to 1950 for the following newspapers:

L’Echo De La Presse, Gazet Van Brussel, Het Handelsblad, L’Indépendance Belge (printed in Britain), Le Messager De Gand, De Nieuwe Gids, De Nieuwe Standaard and Het Nieuws Van Den Dag.

However, only content before 1919 is freely accessible over the internet. That is still an amazing 1.2 million pages and particularly good news for 19th century and World War I historians.

For a further explanation of how to use this service, please read more at their blog.

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