The National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio (NDNP-OH) is Ohio’s contribution to the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website, a freely-available, online newspaper resource providing access to:
- over 14 million keyword-searchable newspaper pages
- digital editions of over 2,600 newspapers published between 1789 and 1963 representing 49 U.S. states and territories
- information about American newspapers published between 1690 and now (in the US Newspaper Directory)
- links to other digital newspaper resources
- seeks to preserve and provide enhanced access to historic newspaper pages; and
- is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Library of Congress and state institutions like the Ohio History Connection.
Between July 2008 and August 2018, NEH grant funding allowed the Ohio History Connection to digitize over 400,000 pages of historical newspapers for Chronicling America, and we will be adding another 100,000 pages by the end of 2020. Eventually, the website will contain content from all U.S. states and territories.
Why Isn’t [insert newspaper title here] Available on Chronicling America?
For each two-year grant cycle, each awardee digitizes approximately 100,000 pages of its state’s historic newspapers published between 1690 and 1963. With millions of pages and hundreds of titles to choose from in the Ohio History Connection’s collections, the National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio relies on an advisory group to select which newspapers will be digitized. When making selections, advisory board members:
- consider a paper’s historical significance, research value, chronological scope and geographical coverage
- choose at least one paper from each of the 10 geographic Ohio Local History Alliance regions
- attempt to choose papers that best represent the diversity of Ohio and its people
Want to learn more about the National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio? Please visit the Project Website, which serves to document the project and its activities. On the wiki, you will find, among other items:
- Project Updates
- Documents (such as production schedules, selection lists and historical essays about digitized newspapers)
- Advisory Board (meeting materials and information about selection process)
- Outreach (links to presentations, video tutorials and other resources)