Connecticut State Library Receives Grant for Phase 3 of Newspaper Digitization

 

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Connecticut State Library Receives
Grant for Phase 3 of Newspaper Digitization

 

Hartford-The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that it has received a supplemental grant award of $320,536 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to continue to digitize historically significant Connecticut newspapers through the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) over the next two years. This grant brings the total award amount the State Library has received for the project to $844,570.  The digital images will be included in the Library of Congress’ newspaper site: Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.

“I am very excited that the National Endowment for the Humanities has recognized the excellent work that is being done here at the State Library through the Connecticut Newspaper Project. This grant also recognizes the importance of adding Connecticut’s voice to the Chronicling America database. Everyone expects everything to be online today, but without financial support from federal agencies like the NEH, we wouldn’t be able to digitize the tens of thousands of newspaper pages that we have done over the past 4 years.” – – State Librarian, Kendall Wiggin.

Following the NDNP guidelines, the grant will allow Connecticut to add another 100,000 pages, digitized from microfilm of newspapers published in the state between the new timeframe of 1690 and 1963.  The Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project advisory board will select the newspapers to be scanned.

With the earlier NEH grant, the Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project (CDNP) http://ctdigitalnewspaperproject.org/ has digitized and made available through Chronicling America the following:

  • Bridgeport Evening Farmer 1909-1922
  • The Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven) 1880-1908,
  • The Newtown Bee 1877-1909
  • Norwich Bulletin 1909-1922
  • Waterbury Evening Democrat 1887-1908

 

In addition, the State Library’s Newspapers of Connecticut digital collection is also available online and is in the process of being added to the Connecticut Digital Archive.

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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.  Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: http://www.neh.gov .

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between NEH, the Library of Congress, and state partners.  NEH awards enable state partners to choose and digitize newspapers representing their historical, cultural, and geographic diversity.  To date, over 12 million pages of historic newspapers are currently available on Chronicling America, with more being added all the time.  State partners also contribute rich essays about each newspaper title and its history. 

 

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