Building the Titanic: Topics in Chronicling America
The Titanic was designed to be the most luxurious passenger steamship in the world. This guide provides information for researching the topic of the "building the Titanic" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Included in the website is the Directory of US Newspapers in American Libraries, a searchable index to newspapers published in the United States since 1690, which helps researchers identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access them.
On April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic left Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York City. Even before this first voyage, the Titanic had already been making headlines, starting in 1908 with the announcement of its planned construction. Designed to be the largest, most luxurious passenger steamship in the world, and thought to be 'unsinkable,' the Titanic is now most remembered because of its tragic sinking. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
Construction of the RMS Olympic and sister ship,Titanic, is announced. The Olympic is completed first.
March 31, 1909
Construction on Titanic begins.
May 31, 1911
Titanic is launched; engines and interior have not yet been installed.