National Digital Newspaper Program
A partnership between the Library & the National Endowment for the Humanities
About the NDNP
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.
Guidelines & Resources
Information on technical specifications for NDNP, best practices, publications, technical premises and more.
Read the most recent technical guidelines for applicants (PDF, 423 KB)
Visit Guidelines & Resources for links to Content Selection Criteria, Writing Guidelines, and other useful resources.
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.
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.
Check here for the latest news on NDNP and its website, Chronicling America.
- 08/17/2021: NEH Announces 2021 NDNP Awards for Massachusetts, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Montana, Rhode Island, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
- 01/19/2021: 1.5 Million Pages Added to Chronicling America in 2020 - New Content from 1777!
- 09/30/2020: Library of Congress Launches Newspaper Navigator Tool to Search Historical Newspaper Photos from Chronicling America
National Digital Newspaper Program, 2005-2021
Extra! Extra! NDNP Extras!
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: 01/12/2022