The National Digital Newspaper Program


If you research American newspapers then you know about Chronicling America. This online newspaper research site is the culmination of a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) as it is called has been in place for several years. The program awards funding to states to digitize 100,000 pages at a time for newspapers published between 1836-1963. The announcement of the next awards should occur in August, 2018.

The most recent update announced that Georgia and Arkansas are joining the program.  You can see all the participating states in the map above.  Chronicling America now exceeds 13.4 million pages.

Please be aware for those of you who are impatient, that all of this needs to be funded and that state and federal governments are involved as well as state institutions who do the abundance of the work. This takes money and time and of course funding priorities have been difficult in the past few years.

Here is a chart of the award recipients and dates of awards:

Let us be thankful for what has been already accomplished and hope that the NDNP continues to thrive and grow.

Also quite useful is a series of about 40 links to interesting newspaper-related articles entitled NDNP Extras! Check it out!


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    1. I hope so Helen. That is the intention. It takes two to tango – so the state must apply for an award with the NDNP to participate.

  1. How does someone contact a state to encourage them to apply? I’ve got a major part of my ancestry in Rhode Island

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