The Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project is an initiative of the Connecticut State Library. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the Connecticut State Library an initial 2-year grant in 2013 to digitize 100,000 pages of historic Connecticut newspapers. These digitized newspapers which include the Norwich Bulletin and Bridgeport Evening Farmer from 1909-1922 have been loaded into the Library of Congress database called Chronicling America. The State Library has been awarded another 2-year grant to continue this project through 2017.
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The Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project (CDNP) formed an advisory board which selected the following titles to be digitized during the 2013-2015 grant cycle:
· Norwich Bulletin 1909-1922
· The Bridgeport Evening Farmer 1909-1917
· The Bridgeport Times and Evening Farmer 1918-1922 (continued from the Bridgeport Evening Farmer). Note: The Republican Farmer, a weekly edition, will also be included for 1918-1920.
We plan on announcing the new titles for the 2015-2017 grant in January 2016..
The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that it has received a supplemental award of $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to continue to digitize historically significant Connecticut newspapers through the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) over the next two years. This grant brings the total award amount the State Library has received for the project to $524,034. The digital images will be included in the Library of Congress’ newspaper site: Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.
Following the NDNP guidelines, the grant will allow Connecticut to add another 100,000 pages, digitized from microfilm of newspapers published in the state between 1836 and 1922. An advisory board consisting of an historian, a journalism professor, an educator, a digital content curator, a librarian, and an archivist will select the newspapers to be scanned.
The State Library’s Newspapers of Connecticut site http://cslib.cdmhost.com/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15019coll9 is currently adding newspapers contributed by local libraries and, in time, will incorporate the CDNP newspapers.
Federal grant helps state library digitize Bulletin pages from WWI era (The Bulletin [Norwich, Conn.], posted 2014:Oct. 16. By Elizabeth Regan)
Demonstrations of the newspaper databases can be arranged for your classroom, library, or professional association.
The Connecticut State Library's Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project is looking for teachers, teachers-in-training, and graduate students who are interested in using our historic newspapers to create lesson plans and/or curricula that meet the standards of the Common Core.
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