Collection of the Month June 2008: Extra! extra!

Special Collections holds relatively few newspaper collections but those we have are really useful to our readers.

Our star newspaper is a complete run of “Reynolds News”, and including variant regional editions. This paper, which continued under various names from 1850-1967, mixed a radical political stance with Sunday paper fare of crime and sensation, and the advertisements offer their own fascinating angle on the period. However, the originals are very fragile, so it is good to know that the Newspapers Digitisation Project has digitised up to 1900: thanks to JISC, access to this is free to further and higher education institutions in the UK.

Our other historic papers include editions of the “Bradford Pioneer” featuring J.B. Priestley’s very early published work in a column called “Round the Hearth”. These writings are a fascinating glimpse of his development as a writer: although he had not yet found his distinctive literary style, he wrote on subjects he returned to many times in his later writings, notably the mass media, love of music, and arguments against war.

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