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.
Awards have also been issued to state partners in North Dakota, Minnesota, Indiana, Idaho, Mississippi, Connecticut, California, West Virginia, Florida, and Puerto Rico to continue their contributions to Chronicling America. You can read more about all of the awards issued by NEH in July’s press release.
The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between NEH, the Library of Congress, and state partners to produce Chronicling America, a freely accessible web site providing access to historic United States newspapers. Nearly 10 million pages published between 1836 and 1922 are currently available on the site, with more being added all the time. NEH awards enable state partners to choose and digitize newspapers representing their historical, cultural, and geographic diversity. State partners also contribute rich essays to the site about each newspaper title and its historical context. The Library of Congress makes this content available to the public through the Chronicling America site, and permanently maintains the digital information.