Maine Historical Society presents...
Amateur Newspapers: A Digitization Project
Tuesday, March 11, 12:00 pm
489 Congress Street, Portland / FREE
Speaker: Renee DesRoberts, Archivist, MacArthur Public Library, Biddeford
Renee DesRoberts joins us to talk about the MacArthur Library’s recent
launch of Amateur Newspapers from the Walter Perkins Collection, a major
digitization project and online exhibit. In addition to being MacArthur's
archivist, she is a longtime contributor to MHS's Maine Memory Network.
MacArthur's amateur newspapers collection showcases a variety of amateur
papers collected by a Biddeford boy in the late 19th century. "Amateur
newspapers" are defined as historical periodicals created largely by
individuals with a rage to publish (rather than for profit) and primarily
for the pleasure of both reader and writer.
Renee will discuss how these early efforts mimic today’s emphasis on the
democratization of information in the form of self-publishing and use of
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