"GREETINGS TO THE NEW-BORN CENTURY," announces the San Francisco Call of January 1, 1901. It’s the dawn of a new century, but which dawn, Jan. 1, 1900, or Jan. 1, 1901? Revelers celebrate both. On that same day Harriet Hubbard Ayer wrote in the Evening World: "Hail to the woman of the twentieth century, with her bright, roughish eyes, her blowing hair, her radiant health and magnificent spirit," although the century was only one day old. 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.
|January 1, 1900||Only some Americans celebrate the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, due to debate over when the new century begins.|
|January 1, 1901||Some Americans celebrate the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th. By now it has certainly begun.|