The Arkansas State Archives just announced that they are nearing having 40 titles scanned (over 100,000 pages) and presenting them to the Library of Congress for the Chronicling America online historical newspaper site. Currently there are 18 titles active on the site.
From the state’s announcement:
“In the next few weeks, the Arkansas State Archives will have scanned 40 newspaper titles, or about 103,000 pages, and sent them to the Library of Congress. People will have a whole new way to access these historical records online, said Wendy Richter, state historian and director of the Arkansas State Archives.
“One of my biggest goals for the Arkansas State Archives has been to make records more accessible to the public,” Richter said. “This project puts tens of thousands of documents at the fingertips of more people in Arkansas and nationwide.”
The Archives was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant of $208,128 in 2017 to be part of a National Digital Newspapers Program that created the website Chronicling America, which is an open-source website. ”
The complete announcement can be found HERE.
In my opinion, the state is delivering at a great pace. 40 titles in a year and a half or so is wonderful progress and provides some much needed online historical newspaper resources for Arkansas researchers.
For all the free online historical newspapers available online, please visit Arkansas Online Historical Newspapers Summary