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Libraries receives NEH grant to continue newspaper preservation project

By Michael Yunkin on October 10, 2016 2:45 PM | Permalink

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The UNLV University Libraries has been awarded a $210,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue work on a project to digitize historical Nevada newspapers.

The two-year grant is a continuation of funding for the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project, an extension of the National Digital Newspaper Program sponsored by NEH and the Library of Congress. In 2014, UNLV University Libraries received a $311,000 NEH grant to launch the newspaper digitization and preservation project.

“Newspapers have long played a role as a record of historical events, and the people and places that shaped our state,” said Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of the UNLV University Libraries. “The Nevada Digital Newspaper Program is preserving the history documented in the many pages of these Nevada newspapers for future generations.”

The project is a statewide collaboration, with partners including the Nevada State Library and Archives, and the University of Nevada, Reno Knowledge Center. UNLV University Libraries serves as the lead on the project. The project is advised by a diverse panel of experts and scholars serving on a Nevada Newspaper Selection Advisory Board, which recommends potential Nevada newspaper titles for inclusion in the program.

“The success of this project is due to the involvement of our partners, who have also seen the need to safeguard the information and stories contained in these newspapers,” said Jason Vaughan, director of library technologies at UNLV University Libraries and co-primary investigator on the grant. “This shared purpose is evident in our work as we begin the second phase of this project.”

To date, more than 100,000 pages of historic Nevada newspapers have been digitized, the majority of which are now available for browsing and searching through the national project website. The new grant will provide free, online access to another 100,000 pages of content.

Digitized newspaper content is hosted and full-text searchable at the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers website, accessed at  http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/. 

To learn more about the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project, visit http://guides.library.unlv.edu/c.php?g=394790.