National Digital Newspaper Program Update

Since August 2019, the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) has been at work on our second round of participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant. The program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC) to “develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages.”

As Georgia’s representative in the program, the DLG coordinates with the NEH, the LC, the Georgia Archives, and vendor partners both domestic and international to digitize some of the state’s most historically significant newspapers. Last year, an advisory board comprised of archivists, genealogists, historians, humanities professionals, librarians, and journalists selected thirteen Georgia newspaper titles for digitization as part of the NDNP grant. The titles listed below will be digitized and made available over the next six months on both the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website and the DLG’s Georgia Historic Newspapers (GHN) website. The linked titles have already been made available online:

  • Atlanta Constitution, 1887-1903
  • Atlanta Georgian, 1912-1914
  • Atlanta Semi-Weekly Journal, 1901-1920
  • Atlanta Tri-Weekly Journal, 1920-1925
  • Golden Age, 1906-1915
  • Jeffersonian, 1907-1917
  • Watson’s Weekly Jeffersonian, 1907
  • Weekly Jeffersonian, 1907

During our previous NDNP grant cycle, the DLG digitized an additional 110,000 historical newspaper pages between 2017 and 2019. Those newspaper issues are freely available to the public on both the Chronicling America and Georgia Historic Newspapers websites. The following titles were digitized as part of the grant:

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A Georgia Newspaper Journalist Uses DLG Resources

Augusta Chronicle writer Bill Kirby recently wrote an article delving into the history of Augusta’s Woodlawn School, which educated the children of Augusta cotton mill employees, using the DLG’s newly released collection of historic Augusta newspapers, The Augusta Herald, 1898-1908, The Augusta Daily Herald, 1908-1914, and The Augusta Herald, 1914-1924

Kirby describes the importance of having access to these historical newspapers here:

“Those of us who write about the history of our communities know there is no better source than the local newspapers. They are like battlefield reports from the front lines of daily life. 

Yes, we usually know the outcome of the story they report, but in reviewing their details we sometimes see how that result came to be.

The Digital Library of Georgia’s effort to make available the Augusta Herald issues in the early years of the previous century is invaluable in that it offers another perspective of life in Augusta. It is sometimes different from the one presented by its longtime rival The Augusta Chronicle, whose pages have been digitally available and searchable for two decades.

Best of all, this project is offered free to the public and it is hoped they will use it to see how the past has shaped their present.”

–Bill Kirby, Metro Editor, Augusta Chronicle

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