[Eril-l] New York Times historical newspapers (PQ) vs Microfilm

Steve Oberg steve.oberg at wheaton.edu
Mon Dec 11 14:30:43 PST 2017

Nikki and others,

This is a situation that cries out for more clarity, that’s for sure. I genuinely wish to know the answer – this is not mean to be argumentative at all. Here’s my understanding:

The original microfilm version of the NYT faithfully reproduced the original, yet. That microfilm formed the basis for creating the digital version, also yes. But my understanding was that after the Tasini case, in the digital version, articles and other materials that were problematic from a copyright perspective were removed. Also, microfilm produced subsequent to that case no longer faithfully reproduced the original in its entirety – in other words, stuff was excluded that was problematic.

Those libraries that had microfilm holdings that were produced prior to the Tasini case were “safe” in that they still held material that faithfully reproduced the original.

Again, that’s been my understanding for a very long time, and if that’s incorrect, or there are important missing details, I’m glad to be corrected. I did some quick searching around for sources for either your understanding or mine, and I didn’t come up with anything definite just yet, so I remain curious.


From: Eril-l <eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org> on behalf of Nikki DeMoville <ndemovil at calpoly.edu>
Date: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 3:31 PM
To: eril-l <eril-l at lists.eril-l.org>
Subject: Re: [Eril-l] New York Times historical newspapers (PQ) vs Microfilm

Hi all,

I think the presence/absence of freelance articles, ads, etc. is down to the presentation in the database (and how the source was licensed).  In the case of PQ's NYT Historical database, they've actually reproduced the original microfilmed pages in their entirety.  This gets around the Tasini case because the articles aren't removed from the context of the collective work and also happily means that ads, letters, and even features like the crossword are present.  Full text databases, including some of PQ's other newspaper databases, that do not feature a full "page view" PDF and just have the text of the article, are the ones to be careful about when withdrawing print/film.

As always, do your homework and check carefully.  I just did a search in our PQ NYT Historical and found an article by Jonathan Tasini himself, complete with an ad for the Helmsley Palace (comparing it to the Taj Mahal--how delightful).

Nikki DeMoville
Coordinator - Electronic Resources, Acquisitions, and Resource Sharing
Robert E. Kennedy Library
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California

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On 12/11/2017 12:04 PM, Steve Oberg wrote:

Yes, indeed there are differences. As I understand it this is due to the Tasini case, for one thing. So those libraries that threw away their microform holdings in favor of ProQuest Historical Newspapers access are in for a bit of a surprise.


Steve Oberg
Assistant Professor and Group Leader for Resource Description and Digital Initiatives
Buswell Library, Wheaton College (IL)
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From: Eril-l <eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org><mailto:eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org> on behalf of Kristin Rogers <kerogers at olemiss.edu><mailto:kerogers at olemiss.edu>
Date: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 1:58 PM
To: eril-l <eril-l at lists.eril-l.org><mailto:eril-l at lists.eril-l.org>
Subject: [Eril-l] New York Times historical newspapers (PQ) vs Microfilm


We have recently purchased the New York Times perpetual access through ProQuest Historical Newspapers.  Has anyone experienced redacted articles, articles, pictures etc. that were not available on the page or issue view?  Are there ads, articles, pictures in the microfilm that are not in the online version.

Thank you!


Kristin Rogers
Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian
Assistant Professor
The University of Mississippi
JD Williams Library
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University, MS 38677-1848
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