About the Project

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project was to organize access to freely accessible online primary print resources contemporary to the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic on April 15, 1912.

Selection of Materials

The scope of the project was limited to the selection of contemporary accounts of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic in digitally reproduced, freely accessible newspapers, journals and books. In general, materials were selected from providers that have demonstrated a record of having a stable presence on the Web. Several resources were selected from Chronicling America, Google News, and The New York Times websites.


All resources organized in this collection are hosted by other content service providers. This DALNET project has not duplicated any content, nor does it provide access to any content hosted on DALNET servers. This project only provides Internet links to materials hosted by other non-DALNET resources and to DALNET MARC records. Please contact the content service providers to give notice of copyright infringement for materials linked to on this site. Transmission or reproduction of protected items, beyond that allowed by fair use, requires the written permission of the copyright owners, for items not in the public domain.

Metadata and Cataloging

Original Cataloging for the project was created in MARC format. The Library of Congress Authority file was used for topical subjects and personal names.

Funding and Staffing

This project is hosted by the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET). As host institution for this project, DALNET has funded the site server and has provided staffing for the project development. Project volunteer Christopher Singleton, a graduate of the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science, was also instrumental in the completion of this project. Work on the project began in December 2011.

General Disclaimers and Information

Due to the large-scale nature of this disaster, there were a number of reports in the immediate aftermath of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic which contained misinformation. These accounts have been included in the collection to provide a more complete view of the contemporary press coverage.

Although DALNET has provided links to other related sites, DALNET does not necessarily support access to non-DALNET resources. The Internet is a transitory medium, and resources in this collection may not have the permanence of non-Internet resources.

DALNET has provided the website as an organized virtual collection of resources on a particular topic. DALNET is unable to provide additional assistance in accessing, viewing, and/or downloading the content in the collection.


Project Inception and Management: Steven K Bowers

Web Design and Concept: Steven K. Bowers, Kristy Wells, Christopher Singleton

Cataloging, Research, and Web Content: Kristy Wells, Christopher Singleton

Proof Reading and Design Consultation: Kristy Wells, Cathy Wolford