I have in the past extolled the virtues of using foreign-language newspapers in genealogical research (here). This week one of my favorite genealogy blogs, Midwestern Microhistory, informed readers of a few exciting resources for those working on Chicago genealogy (here).
The most exciting for me was the Foreign Language Press Survey from the Newberry Library, which is a collection of translated articles from foreign language newspapers in Chicago between the years 1855 and 1940. The project was administered by the Chicago Public Library with funding from the Depression-era Works Progress Administration. The articles represent several different ethnic groups, with particular large numbers of articles from German, Polish, Bohemian (Czech), Greek, Swedish and Norwegian sources.