"From Paper to Pixels" brings Knoxville newspaper history online

Sept. 21, 2016: Sam Venable explains the Knox County Public Library's "From Paper to Pixels" project to digitize the Knoxville News Sentinel archives.

The Knox County Public Library's "From Paper to Pixels" project has digitized editions of the Knoxville News Sentinel dating back to 1922. 

The newspaper archive is now searchable online, making decades of Knoxville and East Tennessee history readily available to library users. 

"Before, if you wanted to find something, you had to know what date it ran, and then you had to go look it up in microfilm. If you didn't know that, you just couldn't find it. Now, you just type in the key words and it pops up," said Sam Venable, a News Sentinel columnist who worked on the project. 

Venable said the digitized archive will be valuable to kids, researchers and anybody that wants to look at archival data. 

"The beauty of it is, it allows you to just see the history the way it appeared in the paper. And you can access it so quickly, that's the beauty of it, that you can find it with hardly any digging," he said. 

You can search the archive on the Knox County Public Library's website. A library card is required to sign in. 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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