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Hot off the press – new titles this week

This week we’ve added 144,026 pages to The Archive and have now over twenty-seven million pages.  This week we’ve added new years to five of our existing titles.   The new additions include more years for The Scottish Referree one of twelve newspapers in our Sports Collection, and more years for The Music Hall and Theatre Review, which was the most recent addition to our Peforming Arts Collection.

Also updated this week are the Liverpool Echo for 1989 and 1990, The Newcastle Journal for 1992 and the The Wicklow People with years between 1912 and 2001.

You can learn more about each of the titles we have added to this week by clicking on their names. On each paper’s title page, you can read a FREE sample issue, learn more about our current holdings, and our plans for digitisation.

Years added
Liverpool Echo 1989-1990
Music Hall and Theatre Review 1908-1909, 1912
Newcastle Journal 1992
Scottish Referee 1893, 1895-1896, 1899
Wicklow People 1912-1929, 1931-1976, 1986-2001
Football Legends

Our sports titles are some of the most popular in The Archive and we are delighted to bring our readers more issues of The Scottish Referee – A Record and Review of Outdoor RecreationAs the tag line suggests this Glaswegian newspaper reported on a variety of variety of sports from around the country.  By the mid-1890s the paper increased its publication from once to twice weekly.

In 1899 the paper ran a series called Prominent Scottish Footballers which featured sketches of well-known footballers.

J.W. Welford, Celtic
John Campbell, Rangers




The Birthplace of Golf

As the birth country of golf the Scottish Referee follows the popularisation of the sport with great interest.   In January 1893 the paper reported on the fashionable craze for this long established game during 1892.

Scottish Referee – Monday 02 January 1893

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