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The Library Of Congress’ "Chronicling America" Project

March 23, 2007

I’m adding a link to the right about the LOC’s Chronicling America project. It’s a project that hopes to digitize U.S. newspapers, over the course of twenty years or so, from the 1836-1922 period. Here are some excerpts on the project from LOC’s website:

– “Chronicling America is a prototype Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. An NEH award program will fund the contribution of content from, eventually, all U.S. states and territories.”
– “Each NDNP participant received an award to select and digitize up to 100,000 newspaper pages representing that state’s regional history, geographic coverage, and events of the period 1900-1910. The initial phase of NDNP restricts digitized material to the decade 1900-1910 in order to plan for phased development.”

Here’s more from a press release:

– “Ultimately, over a period of approximately 20 years, NDNP will create a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers from all the states and U.S. territories published between 1836 and 1922. Also on the Web site, an accompanying national newspaper directory of bibliographic and holdings information directs users to newspaper titles in all types of formats.” – TL

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