Historical NJ Newspapers Approved for Inclusion in Library of Congress Chronicling America

(May 31, 2019)

The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project is pleased to announce that seven new titles and one continuation title will be digitized and made publically available through the Library of Congress Chronicling America website. The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project (NJDNP) is a collaboration between Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives, and the New Jersey State Library. It is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a long-term effort by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to develop a searchable online database of U.S. newspapers from all 50 states.

The New Jersey Newspaper Project is in its second round of funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities National Digital Newspaper Program. The project’s advisory board—which is comprised of archivists, librarians, museum directors, historians, journalists, and educators from across the state—recommended a shortlist of titles, which were recently reviewed and approved by the Library of Congress. These titles include:  The Evening Star and Newark Advertiser (1907-1916); the Gloucester County Democrat (1878-1912); the Penns Grove Record (1882-1923); The Mount Holly News (1881-1919); the Morris County Chronicle (1877-1914); the Pleasantville Weekly Press (1877-1924); the Five Mile Beach Journal (1890-1923); and the Perth Amboy Evening News (1923 and 1924), which is the continuation of a newspaper that was digitized in the first round of the grant. In addition to this selection, the Library of Congress itself will digitize The Sentinel (Trenton, 1880-1882) as part of an effort to make African-American historical newspapers more accessible.

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