NEH Awards Grants to Digitize Newspapers

Last Monday (March 28), the National Endowment for the Humanities annouced that six instituions have been awarded grants to digitize historic newspapers. They will be available from the Library of Congress website. For more information, visit the project’s homepage.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 28, 2005)–The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress today announced that six institutions have received more than $1.9 million in grants in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a new, long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers now in public domain. Two-year projects in California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, and Virginia each will digitize 100,000 or more pages of each state’s most historically significant newspapers published between 1900 and 1910. When completed, digitized newspapers will be made available through the Library of Congress’s Web site.

The libraries and grant amounts are:

  • Library of Virginia, $201,226
  • New York Public Library, $351,500
  • University of California at Riverside, $400,000
  • University of Florida Libraries, Gainesville, $320,959
  • University of Kentucky Research Foundation, $310,000
  • University of Utah, $352,693