Wednesday, March 21, 2007

National Digital Newspapers



WHAT: Release of "Chronicling America," the National Digital Newspaper
Program Web site of historical newspapers

WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 6 p.m., during a reception of the National
Newspaper Association

WHERE: Library of Congress Madison Building, Montpelier Room, sixth
floor, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

WHO: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington
National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Bruce Cole Members of
Congress

The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities
today announced that "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers"
is being released, with more than 226,000 pages of public domain
newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia
and the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910. The text
of the newspapers is fully searchable, and search terms can be limited
to a particular state, a specific newspaper, and year or years and even
months of publication. The new site is available at
www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/.

"Chronicling America" is produced by the National Digital Newspaper
Program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities
(NEH) and the Library of Congress. This long-term effort is intended to
develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with
select digitization of historic pages as well as information about
newspapers from 1690 to the present. Supported by the NEH's "We the
People" program and Digital Humanities Initiative, this rich digital
resource will continue to be developed and maintained at the Library of
Congress.

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