Connecticut State Library Receives 5th Grant Award for Newspaper Digitization
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Gail Hurley
Date: October 7, 2021
(Hartford CT) – The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that it has received a supplemental award of $147,734 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 $1,251,015. The digital images will be included in the Library of Congress’ freely available newspaper site: Chronicling America.
“I am delighted that the National Endowment for the Humanities will continue to support the important work of the Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project (CDNP) here at the State Library. With this new grant, we will carry on adding Connecticut events and voices to the Chronicling America database, which is used by countless researchers and individuals across the country and the world. To date, and thanks to NEH’s support, we have been able to digitize more than 400,000 pages, and we look forward to continuing that work over the next two years.” – Deborah Schander, State Librarian.
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 1690 and 1963. The CDNP Advisory Board will meet to select the newspapers to be scanned.
Please visit the Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project website for information on titles that have been digitized to date, as well as blogs, guides and other resources.
In addition, the State Library’s Newspapers of Connecticut digital collection is also available online in the Connecticut Digital Archive.
The Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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 the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress (LC) to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, from all the states and U.S. jurisdictions. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at LC and will be freely accessible online (see the Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers website).
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