The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress, is a long-term effort to provide permanent, free access to historic newspapers selected and digitized by NEH-funded awardees in the United States. This program was created to build upon the United States Newspaper Program (USNP), another NEH & Library of Congress sponsored program geared toward locating, cataloging, and preserving microfilm newspapers published in the U.S. from the 18th Century to present. The NDNP extends the usefulness of the USNP digitized assets by incorporating newspapers published from 1690-1963 into a national digital newspaper resource, Chronicling America, where the digitized pages are made available. Through this resource, over 17 million newspaper pages have been made available thus far.
Between September 2013 and August 2021 the University of Florida in partnership with the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras and the University of the Virgin Islands contributed over 400,000 pages of content to Chronicling America as part of the state and territories’ involvement in the NDNP.
Over the course of the next two years (through August 2023), an additional 100,000 pages of historic newspapers from Florida, the Panama Canal, and the US Virgin Islands will be digitized and made available to the public.
For more information, please visit the project’s blog.