Copeland, an associate professor in the School of Communications,
is serving as chief editor for Thomson Gale Publishing's 19th-Century
Newspaper Digitization Project.
will initially digitize between 500 and 600 papers - approximately
1.5 million newspaper pages - and make them available online.
database, one will be able to search for articles by subject or
look at entire pages and then click on each separate article or
image. These images may then be downloaded and printed.
will include the major newspapers of the century as well as a number
of pictorial newspapers and a large body of papers from the South
and West. Gale will continue to expand the database after the initial
Among his other
summer projects, Copeland will also represent Elon University at
the annual conference of the Associated New American Colleges, in
Springfield, Mo. The group is a national consortium of small- to
mid-sized comprehensive colleges and universities dedicated to the
integration of liberal and professional studies. It includes Belmont,
Butler, Drury, Drake, Elon, Evansville, Hampton, Ithaca, Mercer,
Pacific Lutheran, Quinnipiac, Rollins, Simmons, Susquehanna, Redlands
Copeland will participate in two sessions at the annual conference
of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
in San Antonio in August.