(Hartford, CT) The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that it has digitized the New Haven Daily morning journal and courier from 1895-1907 and its successor The morning journal-courier 1907-1908. These and other historically significant newspaper titles are being digitized in collaboration with the National Digital Newspaper Program. The scanning of the new titles is made possible by an award for $250,000, the second received, from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Martha Brogan, City Librarian and Director, New Haven Free Public Library says, “Our patrons are always interested in online access to historical newspapers, especially for New Haven newspapers. This release covers 1895 to 1908, expanding our offerings by several years. These years in New Haven were marked by thriving industry, a burgeoning population, and civic pride, influenced by the City Beautiful movement that resulted in the building of our public library. Expanding coverage to some of our neighboring communities newspapers is likewise a great addition.”
In 1892, the Daily Morning Journal and Courier, published by the Carrington newspaper dynasty, was said by the county historian John L. Rockey to be the largest daily in the city and a “reliable paper, whose politics are Republican.” As such, it covered business, the courts, civic affairs, entertainment, and social news in one of Connecticut’s most rapidly expanding cities. Thus, it will be of interest to family historians, historians of New Haven history and teachers looking for Connecticut primary sources.
The Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project Advisory Board selected New Haven’s Morning Journal and Courier from 1880-1908, the Newtown Bee, from 1877-1909, and the Waterbury Evening Democrat from 1887-1908. When complete, the digital images from these newspapers will be included in the Library of Congress’ newspaper site: Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.
This project builds on the completion of the digitization of the 1909-1922 Bridgeport Evening Farmer and Norwich Bulletin, a project that was made possible by an earlier NEH grant. The State Library also created the Newspapers of Connecticut project [http://is.gd/Oy4T68], a website which has runs of more than 90 titles from 1821-1947 and includes more than 7000 issues from 39 towns.
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The Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor (http://www.neh.gov). The National Digital Newspaper Program http://www.neh.gov/divisions/preservation/national-digital-newspaper-program grants support the creation of a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, from all states and U.S. territories. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this database do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.