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LC and NEH Celebrate Millionth Page in Chronicling America Program

The Library of Congress (LC; www.loc.gov) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH; www.neh.gov) marked a major milestone in their partnership to digitize historic U.S. newspapers and make them widely available to the public on the internet. During an event held at the Newseum, Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for library services at the LC, announced that the Chronicling America website (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov), a free, national, searchable database of historic American newspaper pages published between 1880 and 1922, recently posted its millionth page.
 
Launched by the NEH and the LC in March 2007, Chronicling America is a part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the two agencies to provide enhanced access to historically significant U.S. newspapers. NEH Acting Chairman Carole M. Watson announced grant awards to seven new NDNP state projects during the event as well. New state partners in Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, and South Carolina will select historically important newspapers published in their respective states and oversee the digitization of those newspapers for posting to the Chronicling America website.

This online resource will eventually contain 20 million pages of historic American newspapers dating from 1836 to 1922. In addition to the digitized pages, Chronicling America offers educational essays on every title represented and a directory of all newspapers published in the U.S. dating from 1690 to the present.
 
In celebration of the milestone, Marcum announced that the LC has uploaded to its popular Flickr site 52 images from weekly 1909 editions of the New York Tribune's illustrated Sunday supplement. The richly illustrated supplements were printed at a time when the use of the halftone technique was still relatively novel in newspapers. The site includes links to high-resolution images at persistent URLs on Chronicling America. Additional images will be added in coming weeks. More information and a link to the new Flickr set can be found at www.loc.gov/blog/?p=552

Source: Library of Congress



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