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Announcing our Phase III Titles

We are pleased to announce our Phase III newspaper titles:

  • Orleans County Monitor (1913-1922)*

    The Semi-weekly Brattleboro Reformer was published between 1897 and 1901.
  • Rutland Weekly Herald  (1861-1873)*
  • Brattleboro Reformer family (1879-1922)
  • Londonderry Sifter (1884-1921)
  • Manchester Journal (1861-1922)
  • Herald and News (1888-1910) (West Randolph, Orange County)
  • Barre Daily Times (1903-1922)
  • Bellows Falls Times (1856-1903)

*- indicates a continuation of a previously digitized title run

The above titles will add at least another 100,000 pages of Vermont newspapers to Chronicling America; this work will be completed by the middle of summer 2016. By the end of this phase, an estimated total of 370,000 pages and 73 titles from Vermont newspapers will be available online, for free, and searchable worldwide.

The Bellows Falls Times was published between 1856 and 1903.

This remarkable amount of Vermont historic newspapers online would not be possible without the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress and our state partners: Ilsley Public Library, Vermont Historical Society, Vermont Department of Libraries, and the University of Vermont. We are indebted, too, to those involved in our Advisory Council and Project Management Group.

Some sneak peak article clippings from our Phase III titles:

From the News and Herald, January 18, 1917


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From the Brattleboro Daily Reformer, January 14, 1915


ALL content from VTDNP Phase 2 are available online

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:

Vtdnp phase 2 microfilm reelsNow, onward with phase 3 and adding more Vermont historic content to the Internet!

-Erenst Anip, Project Librarian

Expressions: The Newspaper Masthead in Vermont, 1836-1922

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The masthead: it’s the very first thing one sees when reading a paper. It contains its title, aims to encapsulate its identity, and draws readers to its pages.

From refined fonts to hand-drawn sketches, Vermont’s historical newspaper masthead designs are a visible representation of the story of our state’s media past and the art of selling the news.

Below are just a few of the mastheads of Vermont newspapers we’ve digitized thus far in the project. Some of these mastheads lasted for decades, others, mere weeks. Continue reading Expressions: The Newspaper Masthead in Vermont, 1836-1922

New content online on Chronicling America!

Great news: another 9,022 pages from six Vermont historical newspaper titles were added to Chronicling America this week!


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Name this Historic Toy! The Online Version

Last weekend at our booth for the Vermont History Expo, we offered a fun game for visitors to test their knowledge of historic toys. Using newspaper advertisements from between 1895-1922 on Chronicling America, we provided images of popular toys and visitors had to guess what the toy might have been. It was so popular we decided to make an online version of it. While we don’t have candy for the successful online player like we did at the Expo, we can offer a hearty congrats!

Play the game: Name this Historic Toy

Image of the game set-up at the Vermont History Expo, June 21 and June 22, 2014.


Read more about VTDNP at the Vermont History Expo.