If you aren’t familiar with Chronicling America, check it out here. Chronicling America is a joint project between the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities and various state agencies to make historic newspapers from 1836 to 1922 more readily available to researchers. They do this by digitizing content so that we can access it online.
Within the site, you can find newspapers from Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.
Within the St. Louis Republic, I found:
- 3851 references to the World’s Fair.
- 924 references to China, although I realized that this is both the country and porcelain.
- 145 to Queen Victoria.
- 66 to Abraham Lincoln.
Why not take a look the next time you are working on a historic topic and see what you can find?