Chronicling America Posts 10 Millionth Page
October 7, 2015
Chronicling America, a free, online searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers, has posted its 10 millionth page.
Launched by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2007, Chronicling America provides enhanced and permanent access to historically significant newspapers published in the United States between 1836 and 1922. It is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a joint effort between the two agencies and partners in 40 states and territories.
"Chronicling America is one of the great online treasures, a remarkable window into our history and a testament to the power of collaborative efforts among cultural institutions nationwide. The Library of Congress is proud to work alongside NEH and all our partner institutions to make this vision a growing reality," said Mark Sweeney, Associate Librarian for Library Services. "In the coming years, we look forward to adding newspapers from the remaining states and territories as new partners join the program."
"We at the National Endowment for the Humanities are proud to support the Chronicling America historic newspaper project," said NEH Chairman William Adams. "This invaluable resource preserves and makes available to all the first draft of America’s history so that we can see the ideas and events that shaped our republic unfold in the headlines of their times."
While newspapers are frequently available for general use through microfilm and can be shared among users by interlibrary loan or purchasing copies, digitizing pages and providing full-text keyword access to the content is transformative for research of all kinds. In addition to saving researchers hours of scrolling through reels of microfilm, full-text access allows users to discover connections between research topics and uncover little-known stories in American history. The Chronicling America site includes a broad, curated set of newspapers selected for their historical value that users can browse or search, and through a few clicks narrow their focus to newspapers published all on the same day, in the same region, or the entire country. In addition, the content in Chronicling America is available for bulk download and API use, fostering new research approaches through computational and linguistic analysis....Read more about it!
2015 NDNP Awards Announced - Wisconsin and Delaware Join the Program
August 25, 2015
From the NEH Division of Preservation and Access: "We are happy to announce that two new partners have joined the National Digital Newspaper Program! NEH has made awards to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and the University of Delaware to digitize newspapers from their states. Forty states and territories have now participated in the program, along with the District of Columbia. NEH and the Library of Congress are now two states closer to our goal of representing every state and U.S. territory in the open access historic newspaper database Chronicling America...."
NDNP, a partnership between the NEH and the LC, is a long-term effort to provide an Internet-based, searchable database of all U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. The NEH grant program will fund the contribution of content from, eventually, all U.S. states and territories....Read more about it! (external link)
NEH Announces Guidelines for 2015 NDNP Awards - Application Deadline: January 15, 2015
October 3, 2014
The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) guidelines for 2015 are now available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/national-digital-newspaper-program. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 15, 2015.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is soliciting proposals from institutions wishing to participate in the NDNP. Applications are due January 15, 2015. Program awardees participate in the creation of a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 in U.S. states and territories. Each award supports a 2-year project to digitally convert 100,000 newspaper pages from that state's collections, primarily from microfilm negative. Titles may be printed in Danish, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish or Swedish.
NEH intends to support projects in all states and U.S. territories, provided that sufficient funds allocated for this purpose are available. One organization within each U.S. state or territory will receive an award to collaborate with relevant state partners in this effort.
The program provides access to this resource through the Chronicling America web site (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/), hosted by the Library of Congress (LC). The site currently includes more than 8.1 million newspaper pages in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, from more than 1400 titles digitized by institutions in 32 states. For a list of participants, see http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/awards/.
For more program information, please visit the NEH's program page at http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/national-digital-newspaper-program or for technical information, visit the LC site at http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/.
Last Updated: 10/07/2015