Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project
The Connecticut State Library (CSL), with its partners from a Coalition of Supporting Institutions, has received a grant to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities' (NEH) National Digital Newspaper Program and digitize 100,000 pages of newspapers published in Connecticut between 1836 and 1922. CSL will serve as lead institution, drawing on its past experience with cataloging and microfilming newspapers and digitizing state archives and publications.
The Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project (CDNP) will run from Sept. 1, 2013 to Aug. 31, 2015. The titles to be scanned will be selected by the Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project Advisory Board. The members of the Board will have to make selections based, not on their own research interests, but on the wider needs of the project.
The newspapers will have to be: not already digitized; on microfilm, where we can get at the master negatives; and, published between 1836 and 1922. Then, we will prefer newspapers from the larger population centers, with long runs, without forgetting newspapers that catered to diverse populations and opinions. After the Advisory Board makes its selections, we will have to perform a technical analysis to be sure that the film was reasonably well made and will give us good digital images.The Advisory Board will select more than needed to allow flexibility if the microfilm inspection shows the film is unsuitable for scanning.
Board members are: Paul Baran, State Archivist; Anne Farrow, Author and Journalist; Frank Harris III, Chairman of the Journalism Dept. at Southern Conn. State University and newspaper columnist; James Konrad, Executive Editor of the Bulletin (Norwich, Conn.); Carolyn Picciano, History and Genealogy Reference Librarian at Conn. State Library; Kim Sheriden, ConnecticutHistory.org at CTHumanities; Walter W. Woodward, State Historian and Assoc. Professor of History, University of Conn.
CDNP rises out of the cataloging and microfilming phases of the earlier NEH grant-funded Connecticut Newspaper Project, conducted by CSL, and the experience gleaned from a modest newspaper digitizing project conducted by CSL, CHO and LCI, called Newspapers of Connecticut. The members of CHO are CSL, the Connecticut Historical Society, Mystic Seaport, Inc., and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center of the University of Connecticut. LCI is a non-profit cooperative of public and academic libraries in Greater Hartford.
- National Endowment for the Humanities National Digital Newspaper Program
- Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP)
- Newspapers of Connecticut
If you would like to join the CDNP partnership or help us with the project, please get in touch.