Selected images from the National Digital Newspaper Program

About the NDNP

Photograph shows a man smiling broadly as he offers 'The News' daily newspaper for sale

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of 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. An NEH award program will fund the contribution of content from, eventually, all U.S. states and territories.

Learn more about the Library's role in the NDNP

See what states are participating in the program

Guidelines & Resources 

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Information on technical specifications for NDNP, best practices, publications, technical premises and more.

Read the most recent technical guidelines for applicants (PDF, 375 KB)

Visit Guidelines & Resources for links to Content Selection Criteria, Writing Guidelines, and other useful resources.


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meta|morphosis, developed and hosted by the University of Kentucky Libraries (external link), provides self-paced video tutorials, quizzes and other resources about digitization of microfilm to NDNP specifications to help prepare non-NDNP states for inclusion in, and digitization beyond, NDNP.

Go to meta|morphosis (external link)

Newspaper Navigator

Newspaper Navigator Screenshot

Newspaper Navigator is an experimental web application from LC Labs that utilizes machine learning techniques to let you search and browse over 1.56 million photographs extracted from the NDNP's Chronicling America online newspaper collection.

Search historic newspaper photos with Newspaper Navigator

Learn more about the Newspaper Navigator Project

Program News 

Check here for the latest news on NDNP and its website, Chronicling America.

National Digital Newspaper Program, 2005-2023

NDNP Awardee Map 2022

Extra! Extra! NDNP Extras!

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The following sites provide examples of reusing historic newspapers and directory records in unique ways. Some utilize data mining techniques, harvesting, or individual items.

Last Updated: 11/02/2023