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University of Hawaii (Honolulu, HI 96822-2399)
Joan Hori (Project Director: November 2007 to November 2012)
Martha Chantiny (Project Director: November 2012 to present)

Hawai'i Digital Newspaper Project, Phase One

Digitization of 25,000 pages of Hawai'i newspapers, dating from 1880 to 1922, as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Project will digitize and submit files and microfilm of newspapers that provided statewide (before annexation to the U.S., country-wide) coverage and had significant influence on the archipelago. Since the mid-1800s the major English language newspapers in Hawai'i have been primary sources of historical information used by students to learn about important events and study political and social movements. Access to issues of these papers has been via microfilm located in libraries throughout the state. Heavy use and poor environmental conditions have caused deterioration of the copies of the film. Presently the only way to locate information in the papers is by using printed indexes. These indexes do not include issues published prior to 1929. Newspapers in digital format are more readily accessible and enable broader access. Digitization will improve search capabilities as well as access through the Library of Congress website.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

National Digital Newspaper Program

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$875,938 (approved)
$841,277 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2008 – 6/30/2015

Funding details:
Original grant (2008) $34,661
Supplement (2009) $140,920
Supplement (2010) $270,000
Supplement (2012) $265,018