The push by the Library of Congress to digitize primary documents continues. Together with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the LOC has posted the 1,000,000th newspaper page at its sweet Chronicling America site. Chronicling America’s charge is to enhance access to America’s historic newspapers through their National Digital Newspaper Program.

And you’d think I’d be happy with a million pages to play with. I mean, it’s 1,000,000 pages. Which is, you know, a lot. The 1,000,000 pages covers newspapers in 14 states and the District of Columbia from 1880 to 1922.

But once you get in the collection, it’s easy to get a little greedy. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some coverage from the Civil War? The Great Depression? Prohibition? WWII?

Still . . . 1,000,000 pages. Westward expansion, Populism, Spanish-American War, Teddy Roosevelt, World War One. There’s some biggies in there.

So I think I’ll be okay. Pretty sure you will too.

The search feature is very easy to use with the option to select specific keywords, dates, places and papers. There is a nice geographic mix of large and small papers and even a few college papers thrown in. I haven’t dug in too deep but it looks like there is also a nice political mix.

The search results are also easy to use. Zooming features make it easy to find what you want on the page and the software highlights your search words. You can view a written transcript of the page, download as a PDF, an image file or simply print from your browser. These options make it easier for you as a teacher to get exactly what you want.

The LOC folks have also put together a mini topic guide and a link to their front page collection at Flickr.

Pretty sweet stuff. Definitely something you should be having your students use.

Even if it only has 1,000,000 pages.