We Need YOU!

Do you love using Chronicling AmericaHas the work of the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program (SCDNP) affected your research? Has the digitization and free online availability of historical South Carolina newspapers impacted your own work?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then we want to hear from you!

Here at SCDNP, we are preparing to apply for a 4th round of project funding and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to continue on with our great work of digitizing historical S.C. newspapers as a part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, and we need your help! As a part of our application, we would like to include letters of support from you: the people who use and benefit from Chronicling America and the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program.

Some facts about our program:

  • By the end of our current grant cycle next summer, we will have digitized more than 300,000 pages from over 100 historical South Carolina newspaper titles dating between 1836 and 1922.
  • We have spoken to 75 audiences about our participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program, our contributions to Chronicling America, and ways to use digital newspapers to enhance research and learning.
  • 38 states and territories have participated in the National Digital Newspaper Program since its inception in 2005 and more are added each year.
  • Chronicling America currently has over 8 million pages of historical newspapers from around the country and is growing every day.

Supporters have written us over the years, saying how glad they are “to have more ways to research” thanks to the online availability of historical newspapers and how nice it is to do research “in the comforts of home.” One Chronicling America user said, “It is a most exciting time to be able to look back into history through newspapers to glimpse the world of our ancestors.” We would love to hear more about how the work of SCDNP has impacted you!

If you are interested in helping us by writing a letter of support for use in our application, please contact us (Virginia and/or Laura) so that we can talk with you further.

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