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PJ-287600-22

Historical Society of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN 55102-1903)
Shawn P. Rounds (Project Director: January 2022 to present)
Digitization of Minnesota Newspapers, 1690-1963

The digitization of 100,000 pages of historic Minnesota newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, with an emphasis on the period 1923-63.

The Minnesota Historical Society proposes to digitize 100,000 pages of Minnesota newspapers from the period 1690 - 1963, as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities National Digital Newspaper Project. The project will take two years, from September 2022-August 2024. At the end of the project, the Society will transfer to the Library of Congress all digital files, essays, required metadata and duplicate microfilm, per the specifications of the grant. The Society holds the largest collection of Minnesota newspapers of any repository, represented by over 4000 titles. The collection is especially important because of Minnesota's role as a cultural and economic center in the Upper Midwest and its historical significance in the economic development of the entire Northwest. The Society will adhere faithfully to technical guidelines and standards of the NDNP and the Library of Congress; these will continue to be the framework for the work plan.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$250,004 (approved)
$250,004 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2022 – 8/31/2024


PJ-287622-22

University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Kate Foster Boyd (Project Director: January 2022 to present)
Edward Blessing (Co Project Director: August 2022 to present)
Craig Keeney (Co Project Director: August 2022 to present)
Underrepresented Perspectives in South Carolina Newspapers

The digitization of approximately 100,000 pages of newspapers published by major religious denominations in South Carolina between 1690 and 1963, which would resume the  University of South Carolina’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

The University of South Carolina (UofSC) Libraries Digital Collections Department in collaboration with the South Caroliniana Library (SCL) and other institutional partners will scan and deliver to the Library of Congress (LC) through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) approximately 100,000 pages of historic South Carolina newspapers published between 1690 and 1963. The project will build on the library’s previous successful rounds of participation in the NDNP (2009-2015) and its subsequent efforts to make newspapers accessible. Over the next two years (2022-2024), the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program (SCDNP) will: rely on the content knowledge of its advisory board and team members to select newspapers; work with an external vendor to digitize newspapers from microfilm; and submit deliverables to the Library of Congress on schedule for inclusion in Chronicling America.

Project fields:
Public History; U.S. History

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$314,620 (approved)
$314,620 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2022 – 8/31/2024


PJ-287773-22

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Laura Weakly (Project Director: January 2022 to present)
Nebraska Digital Newspaper Project, Phase 5

Digitization of 100,000 pages of Nebraska newspapers, published prior to 1963, as part of the state’s continuing participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Since 1982, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has led the United States Newspaper Program and the National Digital Newspaper Program projects for the State of Nebraska. In this fifth NDNP grant proposal, UNL’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, part of the University Libraries, will select, digitize, and send to the Library of Congress an estimated 100,000 pages of Nebraska newspapers dating from 1854-1963 for inclusion in Chronicling America. We are excited about continued digitization and look forward to meeting the National Endowment for the Humanities “A More Perfect Union” vision of inclusion of under-represented communities and voices.

Project fields:
Journalism

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$275,904 (approved)
$275,904 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2022 – 8/31/2024


PJ-287774-22

Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL 61801-3620)
Celestina Savonius-Wroth (Project Director: January 2022 to present)
William Schlaack (Co Project Director: August 2022 to present)
Illinois Digital Newspaper Project

The digitization of 100,000 pages of historical Illinois newspapers with a focus on suburban areas and southern regions of the state.

The Illinois Digital Newspaper Project at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign seeks funding to digitize 100,000 pages of newspaper content representing geographically and demographically diverse Illinois communities. The titles will be selected through a proposal process open to all Illinois libraries and cultural heritage repositories. This approach will yield a list of Illinois newspapers for digitization from geographic areas and demographic groups of Illinois (including suburbs, regional cities, rural communities, and small towns) that are not yet represented in Chronicling America. It will also serve as an opportunity to promote the importance and value of the National Digital Newspaper Program, the Library of Congress, and the National Endowment for the Humanities to interested citizens throughout the state. The Illinois Digital Newspaper Project has contributed over 500,000 pages of newspaper content to the National Digital Newspaper Program since 2009.

Project fields:
U.S. History; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$299,977 (approved)
$299,977 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2022 – 8/31/2024


PJ-287517-22

Indiana State Library (Indianapolis, IN 46204-2207)
Robert William Clark (Project Director: January 2022 to present)
Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization Project

The digitization of 100,000 pages of Indiana newspapers published between 1896 and 1963 with an emphasis on newspapers from northern Indiana.

This project will continue the work completed with the 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 NEH-NDNP grant to digitize and make available approximately 100,000 pages of historic Indiana newspapers published between 1890 and 1963. Digitization will be from second generation silver negative print masters created for the project from first generation silver negative camera masters of Indiana newspaper titles. Products of this grant will include: uncompressed TIFF page images, derivative JPEG2000 images, derivative PDF files, OCR text files, and structured metadata. An historical essay will be created for every newspaper title along with updated CONSER-level MARC records. Digitization of these newspapers will allow important elements of Indiana's rich history to be more accessible to researchers.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$150,375 (approved)
$150,375 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2022 – 8/31/2024


PJ-287532-22

Trustees of Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH 03755-1808)
Laura R. Braunstein (Project Director: January 2022 to present)
New Hampshire Digital Newspaper Project

Entry of New Hampshire into the National Digital Newspaper Program with the digitization of 100,000 pages from master negatives. The focus of this first round of contribution would be on “papers of record” with broad geographic coverage and titles that reflect the political, economic, and cultural history of New Hampshire.

The Dartmouth Library requests $298,001 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the New Hampshire Digital Newspaper Project, to select, digitize, and make available to the Library of Congress 100,000 pages of historical newspapers through the National Digital Newspaper Program. Receiving this grant would mean that New Hampshire would be the last of the fifty states to be included in this important program. The New Hampshire Digital Newspaper Project will be led by the Dartmouth Library in partnership with the New Hampshire State Library, the New Hampshire Historical Society, and the University of New Hampshire Library. The project will be a public-private partnership between Dartmouth College and New Hampshire’s flagship educational and cultural heritage institutions.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$298,001 (approved)
$298,001 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2022 – 8/31/2024


PJ-287536-22

Library of Virginia (Richmond, VA 23219-8000)
Errol Somay (Project Director: January 2022 to present)
Virginia Digital Newspaper Program, 2022-2024

Digitization of 100,000 pages of historical Virginia newspapers dating from 1780-1963 with a focus on the early Republic period (1780-1820), as well as expansion into the twentieth century.

During the 2022-2024 award cycle of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), the Library of Virginia (LVA) and the Virginia Newspaper Project (VNP) propose the digitization of selected historically significant Virginia imprint newspapers with particular focus on later colonial and early antebellum titles and the continuation of titles currently available in the Chronicling America newspaper repository with the goal of extending those titles to 1963. The titles will be selected in partnership with an engaged and knowledgeable advisory board. The Virginia grant will contribute 100,000 pages in accordance to NDNP specifications and according to an agreed schedule.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$219,801 (approved)
$219,801 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2022 – 8/31/2024


PJ-280743-21

Boston Public Library Foundation, Inc. (Boston, MA 02116-2813)
Tom Blake (Project Director: January 2021 to September 2021)
Eben English (Project Director: September 2021 to present)
Boston Public Library – National Digital Newspaper Program

A first round of funding to include Massachusetts in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). Boston Public Library (BPL) proposes to digitize 100,000 pages of newspapers based on its own master negative microfilm, some of which has already been digitized and is ready for re-use in Chronicling America.

Boston Public Library will digitize a minimum of 100,000 pages of newspaper microfilm published in Massachusetts between 1690 and 1963 for inclusion in the National Digital Newspaper Program.

Project fields:
Journalism; U.S. History

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$231,868 (approved)
$161,457 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023


PJ-266486-19

University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY 82071-2000)
Amanda R. Lehman (Project Director: January 2019 to May 2021)
Bryan Ricupero (Project Director: May 2021 to present)
Bryan Ricupero (Co Project Director: September 2019 to May 2021)
Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project

Digitization of 100,000 pages of Wyoming newspapers, dating from 1863 to 1963, as part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

The University of Wyoming Libraries requests $208,713 from the NEH over a two-year period to digitize 100,000 pages of Wyoming’s microfilmed newspapers for the Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project. The Wyoming Digital Newspaper Project seeks to partner with the Wyoming State Archives to digitize selected titles from established newspaper holdings. The purpose of the project is twofold: to preserve and duplicate existing microfilm, and to increase accessibility. Known as the “Equality State,” Wyoming is located at the headwaters of four major U.S. river basins with a rich and notable history. Wyoming was the first state that gave women the right to vote, and the first state to elect a woman governor. Alongside these firsts were the Union Pacific Railroad’s scouting and establishment and the Johnson County War. A digitized collection of papers covering these western histories and more will provide an invaluable resource for researchers throughout the world.

Project fields:
Journalism; U.S. History

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$608,713 (approved)
$405,169 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2023

Funding details:
Original grant (2019) $205,169
Supplement (2021) $200,000


PJ-266507-19

University of Florida (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)
Patrick Reakes (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Melissa Jerome (Co Project Director: September 2021 to September 2022)
Sarah Tew (Co Project Director: September 2022 to present)
US Caribbean and Ethnic Florida Newspaper Project

Digitization of 100,000 pages of newspapers published in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands of the United States in participation with the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

The University of Florida (UF) in partnership with the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) will select, digitize and make available to the Library of Congress 100,000 newspaper pages through the National Digital Newspaper Project (NDNP). Approximately one third of the pages will come from historic Florida papers (1836-1922), one third from newspapers published in Puerto Rico (1836-1922) and one third from newspapers published in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Project fields:
Journalism; U.S. History

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$546,151 (approved)
$530,892 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2023


PJ-266563-19

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI 02903-3219)
Jordan Goffin (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Rhode Island Historical Newspaper Digitization Project

Digitization of approximately 100,000 pages of Rhode Island newspapers published before 1923, as part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ National Digital Newspaper Program, Providence Public Library (PPL), in partnership with the Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS), will complete an extensive newspaper digitization project that will result in a wealth of Rhode Island’s historical newspapers being digitized and widely available through the Library of Congress for the first time in history. RIHS currently hold master negative microfilm of 314 newspaper titles that ceased prior to 1923. As a result of this project, at least 100,000 pages will be digitized.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
National Digital Newspaper Program

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$449,579 (approved)
$449,579 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2023