Issues of Red and Blue, the student newspaper from Alliance High School are now available online! Rodman Public Library collected donated copies over the years and gathered them up this past year to create an online archive of them. The project is supported in part by an award from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration.
Rodman Public Library purchased a Book Eye large format scanner in late 2014 to be used for this project and to scan other large items that wouldn’t fit on the library’s letter-sized scanners. The newspaper is placed face-up on the scanner bed and then “photographed” from an overhead camera. A preview of the scan is viewable on a screen attached to the scanner or on a computer screen so that adjustments can be made prior to the scanning.
In all, 209 issues ranging from the 1920s through the 1960s were scanned in the library and then sent to Ohio History Connection for loading onto Ohio Memory. When the images were loaded into Ohio Memory the text of every page was digitized using OCR (optical character recognition). This allows every word on every page to be searched. We are fortunate to have the services of Ohio History Connection available to us for this important preservation work.
Because the newspapers have been digitized, they can now be stored in archival boxes to prevent further deterioration from the elements and physical handling. If you attended Alliance High School, try searching for your name and see what you find. If you have issues that are not included in the online collection, consider donating them to the library so that we may make our collection more complete.