Museum saves 'endangered' Scottish papers

By Hamish Mackay

The National Library of Scotland has saved hundreds of obscure Scottish newspapers for posterity.

The papers have been out of print for decades, or in some cases
centuries, and were considered ‘endangered’ by the library which
launched a campaign – called Newsplan Scotland – to preserve them.

Almost
4million pages published between 1700 and 1950 have been preserved and
606 newspaper titles have been added to the archives.

The titles
include Aberdeen Shaver, Cambuslang Pilot, Piper O’Dundee, Glasgow
Clincher, Greenock Election Squib, Scottish Prohibitionist and Saturday
Smile.

The chair of Newsplan Scotland and director of the
library’s collection development, Cate Newton, said: “We have saved
9,846 reels of microfilm of Scottish newspapers and, as a result, the
library now has the most comprehensive archive of Scottish newspapers
in the world.”

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