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Connecticut State Library (Hartford, CT 06106-1569)
Jane F. Cullinane (Project Director: January 2013 to July 2019)
Gail Hurley (Project Director: July 2019 to present)

Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project

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

From 2013-2015, the Conn. State Library will digitize 100,000 pages of newspapers published from 1836-1922, with help from a Coalition of Supporting Institutions, including CT Historical Society, Mystic Seaport, Univ. of CT, Yale & Bridgeport, Greenwich, Guilford & Putnam town libraries, who will lend microfilm & help with PR. We request $274,033.93 from NEH & will contribute 33% in cost share. An Advisory Board will select newspapers with longer runs from larger population centers, but remembering diverse populations & opinions. The Board will include an historian, academic, archivist, librarian, journalist & newspaper editor, who will not consider their own research interests, but the wider needs of the project. Staff will do a technical analysis of the microfilm & will update the MARC records. A vendor will scan duplicate negatives & create metadata & OCR files. Project staff will ensure the files meet LC’s Technical Guidelines & deliver them for access in Chronicling America.

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Project fields:
Library Science

National Digital Newspaper Program

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$1,103,281 (approved)
$1,103,281 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2021

Funding details:
Original grant (2013) $0
Supplement (2015) $250,000
Supplement (2017) $321,680
Supplement (2019) $263,291