Free, searchable database of historic newspapers reflects Vermont’s history
Vermont Digital Newspaper Project (VTDNP) today joins the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities in celebrating a major milestone for Chronicling America, a free, searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers. The Library announced today that more than 10 million pages have been posted to the site, which includes 260,000 pages from 59 Vermont newspaper titles.
Launched by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2007, Chronicling America provides enhanced and permanent access to historically significant newspapers published in the United States between 1836 and 1922. It is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a joint effort between the two agencies and partners in 40 states and territories.
The NDNP awards grants to entities in each state and territory to identify and digitize historic newspaper content. Awardees receive NEH funding to select and digitize 100,000 pages of historic newspapers published in their states between 1836 and 1922. Uniform technical specifications are provided to ensure consistency of all content, and digital files are transferred to the Library of Congress for long-term management and access. The first awards were made in 2005. Since then, NEH has awarded more than $30 million in support of the project.
“Chronicling American unlocks a treasure trove of information that was previously accessible only through tedious scrolling through reels of microfilm,” said VTDNP project director Jeff Marshall. “We are delighted to be part of this nationwide effort to make newspaper content easily available to anyone with access to a computer.”
“Having free and searchable content from Vermont newspapers means a whole lot to Vermonters. I have seen people uncovering gems and facts about their ancestors that were previously unknown. It’s a valuable primary resource for family historians, teachers, students, and researchers,” said VTDNP project librarian Erenst Anip. Continue reading Chronicling America celebrates 10 Millionth Page and More!→
Last month, our project librarian, Erenst Anip, traveled to the infinitely warmer climate of Jakarta, Indonesia, where he gave two presentations regarding newspaper digitization and outreach hosted the US Embassy in Jakarta on the 18th and 19th of February.
It’s been a busy week for VTDNP crew. On Monday, October 20, 2014, our project librarian, Erenst Anip presented at the New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference in Boxborough, MA (about an hour drive from Boston). There, he co-presented with Gail Hurley from the Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project (CTDNP) on NDNP to spread the word about Chronicling America to the wider New England area and hopefully other neighboring states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine will join NDNP soon. Gail presented on an overview of NDNP grant and Erenst talked about the details of the grant.
Today, October 14, 2014, marks another milestone for our project. All of the digitized newspaper pages from phase 2 are now accessible on Chronicling America, all 254,253 of them along with 15 newspaper title essays (more to come!). The last batch consist of Orleans County Monitor issues from 1908-1922.
As part of the NDNP requirement, we will send all of the duplicate negative microfilm reels of the newspaper digitized to Library of Congress for preservation and safe keeping. Here’s what it looks like before it gets packed and shipped to LC’s vault:
Now, onward with phase 3 and adding more Vermont historic content to the Internet!