Use the menu to the left to access some of the infrastructure of the Digital Egyptian Gazette project.


The Egyptian Gazette, a daily newspaper catering to English and French speaking residents of Alexandria, began publication in 1880. This website is product of a digital microhistory course at Florida State University , which was offered for the first time in fall 2016. The aim of this course is to produce a digital version of the paper for the years 1905-8, including full structure and content markup. This website presents the contents of the paper, and host student analysis of our findings.

For more information, contact Will Hanley by email .

Course description

Through close reading of the Egyptian Gazette, an English-language daily newspaper published in Alexandria, we will compile comprehensive data about local events during a single year, 1905. Each student will be responsible for one week (6 issues, totaling 40 pages) of the paper; together we will cover the year.

This class brings together

  • microhistory,
  • urban history,
  • Middle Eastern history,
  • media history,
  • and digital history.

It is suitable for those interested in

  • history
  • Middle East studies
  • digital humanities
  • computer science
  • communications
  • international studies
  • history of journalism and advertising

No background in these fields is necessary, however.

We will gather this data using digital methods. Students will learn to use:

The class is composed of labs and workshops, not lectures.

We then work together to represent those events in a website that will employ a variety of digital communication tools. This website will present serial data and analysis concerning:

  • local crime news

  • international events

  • commodity prices

  • shipping

  • passenger arrivals and departures

  • weather

  • the stock market

  • advertising

  • sports scores

  • science news

    and much, much more!