National Digital Newspaper Program topic of lecture
Deborah Thomas of the Library of Congress will present “The National Digital Newspaper Program” at 4 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library at the University of South Carolina.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Participants should enter through the Thomas Cooper Library.
Thomas, the program’s coordinator, will discuss how the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress has created a freely searchable database of U.S. newspapers between 1860 and 1922 (www.chroniclingamerica.loc.gov) and how the database will help preserve the nation's cultural memory.
In 2009, the Digital Collections department at USC was awarded a $350,000 grant from NEH to establish the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program. Under the direction USC digital collections librarian Kate Boyd, library staff will scan, enhance and provide an estimated 100,000 pages from select South Carolina newspapers to the Library of Congress by 2011.
The first digitized newspaper, the “Columbia Phoenix” (1865–78), will be available on the Chronicling America Web site this month. Seventeen newspapers were selected for this grant cycle, including the Reconstruction-era African American papers the “Free Press” and “Georgetown Planet.”
For more information about the University Libraries’ digital collection department and the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program, visit the website: http://sc.edu/library/digital/index.php.