2007-03-22 20:26:16 UTC
along information about yesterday's release of a new searchable
historic newspaper collection. Some lessons could have been learned
from Proquest, which has sharper images and which prints newspaper
name, date, and page number on the page with the printed article.
Nonetheless, after experimenting with the search features for only a
half hour, I can attest to the research benefits of this new resource,
which offers historic newspapers previously unavailable online.
Read the website release announcement below for the current scope and
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington DC 20540
Phone: (202) 707-2905
Fax: (202) 707-9199
March 21, 2007
Contact: Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress (202) 707-9217;
***@loc.gov Elissa Pruett, National Endowment for the Humanities
AMERICANS CAN READ THE NEWS BEFORE IT WAS HISTORY ON NEW WEB SITE
"Chronicling America" Offers Historic Newspapers from Six States and
D.C. in First Release
The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities
today announced that "Chronicling America: Historic American
is debuting with more than 226,000 pages of public-domain newspapers
from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the
District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910. The
fully-searchable site is available at www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/.
"Chronicling America" is produced by the National Digital Newspaper
Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the
Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress created to develop an
Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with select
digitization of historic pages as well as information about newspapers
from 1690 to the present. Supported by NEH's "We the People" program
Digital Humanities Initiative, this rich digital resource will
to be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of
Over a period of approximately 20 years, NDNP will create a national,
digital resource of historically significant newspapers published
between 1836 and 1922 from all U.S. states and territories. Also on
Web site, an accompanying national newspaper directory of
and holdings information directs users to newspaper titles in all
formats. The information in the directory was created through an
NEH initiative. The Library of Congress will also digitize and
contribute to the NDNP database a significant number of newspaper
drawn from its own collections during the course of this partnership.
For the initial launch the Library of Congress contributed more than
90,000 pages from 14 different newspaper titles published in the
District of Columbia between 1900 and 1910.
"The Library congratulates all the partners in this extraordinary
program to make historic newspapers available through our Web site,"
said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "The National Digital
Newspaper Program provides access to one of our best sources of
information about what was considered important to Americans at a
point in time."
"'Chronicling America' will allow students, teachers, historians -- in
fact, all Americans -- access to some of our most important historical
documents. It is one thing to read about historical events from the
perspective of historians, narrated with the value of hindsight. It is
entirely different to read the story as it was happening," said NEH
Chairman Bruce Cole. "'Chronicling America' will be available to the
American public for free, forever; and I hope Americans will visit the
site and try to imagine the emotions and actions of their forebears as
those stories went to print."
The following six institutions received the first NDNP grants to
digitize papers in their respective states from the first decade of
* University of California, Riverside, $400,000;
* University of Florida Libraries, Gainesville, $320, 959;
* University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, $310,000;
* New York Public Library, New York City, $351,500;
* University of Utah, Salt Lake City, $352,693; and
* Library of Virginia, Richmond, $201,226.
New NDNP awardees will be announced later this summer.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. Its more
than 134 million items -- books, newspapers, periodicals, manuscripts,
maps, photographs, films, sound recordings and digital materials - are
accessible through its 21 reading rooms on Capitol Hill. The Library's
newspaper collections have grown to comprise more than 1 million
issues, more than 30,000 bound historical volumes and more than
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National
for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature,
and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom
create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public
television, radio, new technologies, museum exhibitions, and programs
libraries and other community places.