Connecticut State Library Announces Newest Newspaper Titles Digitized

(HARTFORD, CT) The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that the three historically significant newspaper titles chosen to be digitized in collaboration with the National Digital Newspaper Program have been completed and are now available online through  the Library of Congress’ newspaper site: Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.

The titles include:

  • New Haven’s Morning Journal and Courier from 1880-1908,
  • The Newtown Bee, from 1877-1909, and
  • The Waterbury Evening Democrat from 1887-1908. 

The new newspapers extend the time period and the areas already covered by our other Chronicling America newspapers (Bridgeport Evening Farmer and Norwich Bulletin 1909-1922). The New Haven and Waterbury newspapers have contrasting editorial outlooks, one Democrat and one Republican. The Bee is an independent small town newspaper with substantial coverage of the news of surrounding towns. In fact, all of the newspapers include local news from nearby towns, increasing the geographic reach of our selected newspapers.

The digitization of these newspaper titles has been made possible due to an award, the second received, from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Additional titles are being chosen as part of a third award from the NEH.

State Librarian Kendall Wiggin noted “The addition of these titles to Chronicling America provides historians and anyone interested in Connecticut history with a fascinating glimpse in rural and urban Connecticut at a time of great change in our state.” Wiggin went on to say that “given the current budget situation, the State Library would not be able to undertake such an important and ambitious project if it weren’t for the grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

The State Library also created the Newspapers of Connecticut project [http://is.gd/Oy4T68], a website which has runs of approximately 90 titles from 1821-1947 and includes more than 7000 issues from 39 towns.