In 2014, University Libraries was awarded a two-year, $311,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), becoming part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership among the NEH, Library of Congress, and, at present, forty statewide and territorial partners from across the United States. The goal of the grant is to select, digitize, and deliver 100,000 pages to the Library of Congress over the course of two years.
The project funded by this grant, The Nevada Digital Newspaper Project (NVDNP), is a collaboration among UNLV University Libraries (serving as lead), the Nevada State Library & Archives, and the University of Nevada, Reno Knowledge Center. A statewide Advisory Board (including historians, educators, and the Nevada State Archivist) selected four titles that adhered to program guidelines, e.g., a publication date range of 1836-1922, while representing Nevada’s unique history and broad geographic range:
Tonopah Bonanza (1901-1922)
Carson Appeal (1865-1922)
Lincoln Record (1870-1922)
Elko Independent (1869-1922)
First year work also included the duplication of over a hundred rolls of archival master microfilm (from which the newspaper pages and issues are digitized), technical analysis to foster usable results after digitization, quality review of the grant deliverables, and the initiation of outreach activities to promote the project.
In September 2015, the NVDNP celebrated the first ten thousand pages of digitized Nevada newspapers being published and publicly available in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America database. This first batch included the Tonopah Daily Bonanza issues from 1906-1916. Coincidentally, these pages were added just in time to be included in the Library of Congress’ milestone celebrating ten million searchable historic newspaper pages within the database, as noted in, for example, the Atlantic and Time.
As noted by NEH Chairman William Adams, “We at the National Endowment for the Humanities are proud to support the Chronicling America historic newspaper project. This invaluable resource preserves and makes available to all the first draft of America’s history so that we can see the ideas and events that shaped our republic unfold in the headlines of their times.”
Learn more on the National Digital Newspaper Program online.