Newspaper Digitization: NewsBank Plans to Digitize More Than 100 Years of The Daily Northwestern
Here’s the story from Northwestern University located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Evanston and Chicago, IL.
Newsbank President and CEO Dan Jones approached Students Publishing Company, which publishes The Daily, about transforming the historical contents of The Daily dating back more than 100 years ago to a digital, searchable version. Jones, who graduated from the Kellogg School of Management in 1961, serves on the University Board of Trustees and is the president-elect of the Northwestern Alumni Association.
SPC and the University Archives are working together to compile the old issues of The Daily. University Archivist Kevin Leonard said he is thrilled with the news.
“It’s the best news I’ve had in a long time,” he said. “We have 140 years worth of Northwestern college newspaper here, and while we have it physically, it has never been indexed and never been searchable.”
University Archives and several of the other library departments, such as digital collections and special libraries, are working on acquiring all the archives. The library has already digitized Tripod and Vidette in the past, which they will give to NewsBank along with the later decades of The Northwestern and The Daily.
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