The Washington State Library (WSL) recently received a National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant. Washington’s NDNP grant is managed by the Research & Development (R&D) team within the State Library and will fund the digitization of 100,000 newspaper pages from microfilm.
NDNP is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is managed in part by the Library of Congress (LC). The NDNP is an initiative that began in 2005 and “builds on the foundation established by an earlier NEH initiative: the United States Newspaper Program (USNP).”
LC hopes to eventually have all historic American newspapers available online and searchable from their Chronicling America website.
To accomplish Washington’s grant, we are working in partnership with the University of Washington Libraries and other academic and public libraries around the state. The main goal of the grant is to make the newspaper pages full-text searchable using OCR technology. Another important goal is to generate a sustainable and collaborative model for newspaper digitization in Washington State that can continue and build around the state, past this initial grant.