New News for the Newspapers!

We are very excited to let you know about several new developments with our program!

  • First off, we are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded additional funding from the National Endowment for Humanities to continue as a partner in the National Digital Newspaper Program for a third grant cycle. This means that over the next two years, we will be bringing you even more South Carolina titles and newspaper pages! We cannot thank NEH enough for allowing us to continue this great work we love doing, and we are so happy to keep working with them, the Library of Congress, and our fellow NDNP partners across the country. We are also pleased that Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, and Mississippi will be joining the program and will start contributing content over the next year. To learn more about the recent awards granted by NEH, read their recent press release here: http://ow.ly/nzVm2
  • Secondly, we have sent off our last batch of newspaper pages to the Library of Congress for this second grant cycle. Over the last two years, we have digitized 100, 323 pages. While most of these are already available in Chronicling America, the entirety will be available by the end of the year once this last batch is processed by LC.

    Laura, Metadata and Outreach Specialist, places the last batch of digitized newspaper pages in the mail to the Library of Congress.

  • Thirdly, the Library of Congress updated Chronicling America this week and the site now boasts over 6.6 million newspapers pages and over 1,000 titles from across the country.  Several new South Carolina titles were added including ones from the Newberry, Pickens, and Winnsboro areas among others. View this list to see all 58 titles from S. C. now available for viewing: http://ow.ly/nzVbd
  • Lastly, as we look to the future, we hope to find new sources of funding outside of NEH to continue digitizing historic newspapers from around the state. Our partnership with NEH and LC has built a fantastic foundation for making these invaluable newspapers more widely available to the public, but our work thus far has only accounted for a small percentage of the numerous South Carolina newspaper titles. For only $1 a page, we can continue digitizing newspapers and making them freely available. If you have titles you would like to see, please consider helping us find additional funding avenues. Feel free to contact our team by email or phone if you have any questions or would like more information.

Contact Info:
Virginia Pierce, Project Manager, piercev@mailbox.sc.edu
Laura Blair, Metadata & Outreach Specialist, blairla@mailbox.sc.edu
(803)777-0735 

We thank everyone who plays a part in this great program from those who fund us to those who listen to our presentations to those who surf the pages in Chronicling America (and all those in between!). We are excited to keep moving forward!

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