State Historical Society receives grant to digitize newspapers

2013-08-18T01:00:00Z State Historical Society receives grant to digitize newspapersBismarck Tribune Staff Bismarck Tribune
August 18, 2013 1:00 am  • 

The Archives Division of the State Historical Society of North Dakota has been awarded a second National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant of $285,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

This grant will enable the State Archives to digitize another 100,000 pages of word-searchable newspapers available online at no charge to the user.

The NDNP is a joint effort between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. This is a long-term endeavor aimed at creating a nationwide online digital database for historic newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. This searchable database, located at the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website (, provides public access to scanned newspapers and offers information about each publication.

The Chronicling America site provides access to more than 6.6 million searchable newspaper pages from more than 1,100 newspaper titles from 30 states and the District of Columbia. North Dakota newspapers available now are the Bismarck Tribune, Jamestown Weekly Alert, Ward County Independent, Weekly Times-Record from Valley City and the Williston Graphic.

An advisory board will meet in the next few months to determine which additional newspapers will be digitized for the Chronicling America website.

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