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West Virginia University Research Corporation (Morgantown, WV 26505-2742)
John Cuthbert (Project Director: January 2011 to present)

West Virginia Digital Newspaper Project, Phase One

Digitization of 100,000 pages of West Virginia newspapers, dating from 1836 to 1922, as part of the state's participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

The West Virginia University Libraries seek funds to digitize 100,000 pages of important and representative newspapers published within the present borders of West Virginia from 1836 to 1922. The project will include nationally influential daily and locally significant weekly newspapers published in a border region during the Civil War, in rapidly growing industrial towns during periods of labor strife in the coal fields, foreign language newspapers for newly arrived immigrants, black-owned newspapers, and newspapers in towns experiencing the economic and cultural effects of World War I and its aftermath. This Project will fully comply with the all requirements and technical specifications set forth by the NEH and Library of Congress for digital newspaper projects.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

National Digital Newspaper Program

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$968,290 (approved)
$766,373 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2011 – 8/31/2019

Funding details:
Original grant (2011) $201,917
Supplement (2013) $135,000
Supplement (2015) $155,000
Supplement (2017) $210,394
Supplement (2019) $201,917