Contact: Gail Hurley
Date: January 26, 2016
(Hartford) The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that it has chosen three historically significant newspaper titles to be 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).
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. The digital images will be included in the Library of Congress’ newspaper site: Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.
State Librarian Kendall Wiggin said that “as the major repository of Connecticut Newspapers, the State Library is committed to broadening access to the rich history found in Connecticut’s newspapers.” He added that “with this latest installment of newspapers now digitized, the State Library is able to shine a greater light on an important period in Connecticut’s and the nation’s history.”
This project will add new towns and time periods to the State Library’s effort to advance the accessibility of historic newspapers. The library recently completed 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 approximately 90 titles from 1821-1938 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 1836 and 1922, 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.