FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Gail Hurley
Date: January 25, 2016
The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that it has chosen three newspaper titles to be digitized as a result of an additional award for $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing historically significant Connecticut newspapers through the National Digital Newspaper Program.
The Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project Advisory Board selected New Haven's Morning Journal and Courier from 1880-1908, the Newtown Bee, from 1877-1909, and the Waterbury Evening Democrat from 1887-1908. The digital images will be included in the Library of Congress’ newspaper site: Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.
State Librarian Kendall Wiggin said that "as the major repository of Connecticut Newspapers, the State Library is committed to broadening access to the rich history found in Connecticut's newspapers." He added that "with this latest installment of newspapers now digitized, the State Library is able to shine a greater light on an important period in Connecticut's and the nation's history."
The State Library has already worked with digitizing newspapers, with the recent digitizing of the Bridgeport Evening Farmer and Norwich Bulletin, which was made possible by the earlier grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The State Library has also worked with its Newspapers of Connecticut http://is.gd/Oy4T68. project, which has short runs of approximately 90 titles from 1821-1929, for more than 7000 issues from 33 towns.
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The Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor (http://www.neh.gov). The National Digital Newspaper Program http://www.neh.gov/divisions/preservation/national-digital-newspaper-program grants support the creation of a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, from all states and U.S. territories. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this database do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.