New Jersey to Add 100,000 Historical Newspaper Pages to Chronicling America

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The State of New jersey has just announced that they have received funding that will enable the state to add 100,000 historical newspaper pages to their collection in Chronicling America.  From the state:

Per Rutgers University – the project leaders – “This latest grant will allow us to digitize additional papers beyond those that were included in the initial round of funding,” explains project director Caryn Radick, a digital archivist for Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. “We have a few titles currently in mind, but will need to vet them further before we make our final decision. We’ll be looking for papers that are broadly representative in terms of both geography and content.

Originally supported by a $186,204 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in August 2016, the latest grant represents a major boon to the project, which has already greatly expanded access to resources that were previously only accessible through an onsite microfilm reader at the State Archives.

From the first American brewery, which opened in Hoboken in 1642, to Thomas Edison’s invention of the incandescent light bulb in Menlo Park in 1879, New Jersey is truly a state of many firsts,” adds Deborah Mercer, New Jersey collections librarian for the New Jersey State Library. “Making the historical record of our state available online creates a digital treasure trove for students and scholars, genealogists, or anyone with an interest in the history of New Jersey.”

For the complete article, please click on New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project Receives Additional $219,609 Grant to Digitize Historical NJ Newspapers

Terrific News from the State of New Jersey!

For access to historic newspapers from the state that are currently available for free online, please check out​​
New Jersey Online Historical Newspapers Summary.

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