The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is:
“. . . a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. An NEH award program will fund the contribution of content from, eventually, all U.S. states and territories” (http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/).
University of North Texas Libraries has participated in NDNP as the lead institution in Texas to digitize historic Texas newspaper titles, and as the technical partner with the Oklahoma Historical Society and University of New Mexico to digitize early newspapers from these states. The NEH has announced recipients for the 2013-2015 award cycle, and the Oklahoma Historical Society has received the award for a third cycle. After the third cycle for Oklahoma has been completed, the NEH will have supported over 300,000 pages of Oklahoma newspapers to be digitized and made accessible via both Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov) and The Gateway to Oklahoma History (http://gateway.okhistory.org). This third grant to the Oklahoma Historical Society represents another successful collaboration between the rich archive stored at OHS and the high technological standards practiced at UNT Libraries. Sarah Lynn Fisher, the technical coordinator for the Oklahoma-NDNP project, has been working at UNT Libraries since March 2008, when she first began work on a massive yearbook digitization project to digitize yearbooks from the Abilene Library Consortium for inclusion on The Portal to Texas History.
Congratulations to Oklahoma Historical Society and Sarah Lynn Fisher on a job well done!
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