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BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter Oldenbourg 2023

The Crimes of Preachers: Religion, Scandal, and the Trouble with Digitised Archives

From the book Digitised Newspapers – A New Eldorado for Historians?

  • Suzanna Krivulskaya

Abstract

Newspaper digitization has opened up new opportunities for historical research, but it has also highlighted persistent methodological problems. Imprecisions of optical text recognition and shortcomings in the content of the sources themselves necessitate a reckoning with the promises and limitations of large digitized textual corpora, particularly when it comes to newspapers. Using a subset of U.S. newspapers from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as a case study, this chapter considers the methodological problems inherent in working with digitized sources and recommends possible directions for navigating the problem of fragmentary evidence in both digital and analogue modes of historical analysis.

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