Here at SCDNP, we are proud to be a member of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a nationwide project that currently supports 36 states and territories digitizing historic newspapers and enhancing the way we see our nation’s history. Like us, many of these statewide projects not only contribute digitized newspaper images to Chronicling America, they also spend time creating added value resources such as LibGuides, podcasts, instructional videos, and blogs (just to name a few!). Over the next several weeks, we thought we would take some time to put the spotlight on some of these great resources from our fellow NDNP partners around the country.
Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization Project
Hosted by the Indiana State Library, this state project is dedicated to using its digitized historic newspapers to bring history to the “Hoosier masses.” Among other resources, the Indiana project maintains a blog that highlights interesting newspaper articles and stories. One of their more recent blog posts tells about the history of the Indianapolis Leader, the city’s first African-American newspaper which started in 1879. Follow this link to read the blog post about the paper and check out their whole blog to see what all is happening in Indiana.
Vermont Digital Newspaper Project
In 2010, the University of Vermont Libraries began working with several other institutions around their state to make historic newspapers freely accessible as part of NDNP. They, too, keep an active blog that showcases interesting articles and stories from VT newspapers as well as updates on the project and fun things their staff are doing. They recently wrote a great blog post about a popular opera house in Bennington, VT which resulted in this fantastic poster!
NDNP in Ohio
The Ohio Historical Society has been working since 2008 to contribute content to Chroncling America as part of NDNP. They have created several great resources to help users delve into historic newspapers. One great resource is their list of several subject guides which provide important information and dates as well as suggested search terms for topics widely covered by Ohio newspapers. Additionally, they developed an 11-part video series that covers the basics of how to use Chronicling America as well as advanced tips for getting more out of your searches. You can view the first video, a brief introduction to the series, below: