March 20, 2007 Newspaper Archives To Go Online

Contact: Elissa Pruett, National Endowment for the Humanities (202) 606-8671
Contact: Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress (202) 707-9217

WHAT: Release of "Chronicling America," the National Digital Newspaper Program Web site of historical newspapers

WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 6 p.m., during a reception of the National Newspaper Association

WHERE: Library of Congress Madison Building, Montpelier Room, sixth floor, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

WHO: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington
National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Bruce Cole
Members of Congress

The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities today announced that "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers" is being released, with more than 226,000 pages of public domain newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910. The text of the newspapers is fully searchable, and search terms can be limited to a particular state, a specific newspaper, and year or years and even months of publication. The new site is available at

"Chronicling America" is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress. This long-term effort is intended to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with select digitization of historic pages as well as information about newspapers from 1690 to the present. Supported by the NEH’s “We the People” program and Digital Humanities Initiative, this rich digital resource will continue to be developed and maintained at the Library of Congress.


PR 07-057
ISSN 0731-3527