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This month Chronicling America added newspapers from its 50th contributor – the University of the Virgin Islands! This first newspaper from the U.S. Virgin Islands, the St. Croix Avis (covering 1865-1882), provides a deep dive into a particularly tumultuous time in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1867, the islands were on the cusp of being sold to the United States when a hurricane, earthquake, and tsunami struck within a month. Covering the events of 1867 was the St. Croix Avis... Read more about it in our Headlines and Heroes blog post!
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress are excited to announce that National Digital Newspaper Program awardee partners provided more than 1.5 million pages from nearly 600 digitized newspaper titles to Chronicling America in 2020. On top of that, recent additions from partners in Rhode Island include papers from the Revolutionary War – a first for the Chronicling America collection. Users can now explore digitized historic American newspapers from 1777 to 1963! Visit the following blog posts from the Library of Congress and the NEH to read more about some of the notable titles added in 2020 including the earliest issue now available in Chronicling America, the Newport Gazette (Newport, Rhode Island) published in January 16, 1777. “Chronicling America Now Reaches Back to the Revolutionary War” (NEH Preservation and Access) “Additions to Chronicling America Highlight the Revolutionary War and more!” (Library of Congress) Read more about it!
Cakes, candy and goblin eggs! Did you know that every third Tuesday of the month you can join institutions participating in the National Digital Newspaper Program in highlighting and sharing articles and images found in Chronicling America in a Twittter-based #ChronAmParty? Each month the NDNP participants nominate and select a theme for that month, usually related to a heritage celebration or nearby event or holiday. The day of the “party” each institution decides when and how to tweet their discoveries using the Twitter hashtag #ChronAmParty to link them together. This month the theme was #HalloweenTreats which produced some interesting and fun highlights including jack-o-lantern treats, recipes, decoration ideas, ads and more. Sixteen different institutions tweeted their selections throughout the day resulting in 85 tweets overall! Next month, follow along using the hashtag #ChronAmParty and retweet or tweet your own! But watch out or the Goblins’ll Get You! Read more about it!
Seeing Editors: Metadata, Machine Learning, and the Shapes of Social JusticeSponsored by the National Digital Newspaper Program, this online panel discussion will present the efforts of a multi-disciplinary team to learn about the editors behind newspapers on Chronicling America. How do we locate the hidden labor of editors, especially in newspapers that fought for social justice?Each panelist will share their complementary projects, taking the multiethnic press of Louisiana as a test case. Joshua Ortiz Baco will speak about his work with the title essays to illuminate women and people of color who worked as editors. Jim Casey and Sarah Salter will share an excerpt from their ongoing work to develop critical methods for reading the collaborative craft of editing as a language of its own. Benjamin Lee will present his recent Library of Congress Labs Innovator-in-Residence project, the Newspaper Navigator, as a way to explore the visual patterns of historical newspapers using machine learning. Across each presentation, uncovering the history of editors through Chronicling America offers a way to learn how people in the past used the press to wrestle with difficult political questions and to advocate for justice for their communities.After the panelists’ presentation, we intend to open the event up to an approximately 40-minute Question and Answer segment. The moderator, NEH Senior Program Officer Molly Hardy, will take questions over the chat, and then will field them to the panelists who will then respond.Please join us Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm EDT. Pre-registration is not required.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced 2020 National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) funding for institutions representing 6 states to expand their selection and digitization of U.S. historic newspapers for contribution to the freely available Chronicling America online collection, hosted by the Library of Congress. State projects receiving continued funding include the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Alaska State Library, Juneau; State Historical Society of Colorado, Denver; Maine State Library, Augusta; University of Maryland, College Park; and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick. Check out the full list of grants for details. Since 2005, cultural institutions in 50 states and territories have joined the program, jointly sponsored by the NEH and LOC, and contributed more than 16 million digitized historical American newspaper pages, published between 1789 and 1963 in 20 different languages, to the collection.Learn more about the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) or explore American history through Chronicling America and read more about it! Follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!!
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