“Over 240,000 Historic Arkansas Newspaper Pages Digitized for Chronicling America Project”
From the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette:
Employees of the State Archives have digitized over 240,000 pages of historic newspapers for the Chronicling America project.
So far, select years of 74 Arkansas newspaper titles have been digitized, along with the newspaper of a “free love colony” that moved from Missouri to Arkansas in 1918 and published its final issue in what is now known as The Natural State.
Arkansas began its participation in the Chronicling America project in 2017, after receiving the first of three grants — totaling over $600,000 — from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund three two-year digitization cycles, said Katie Adkins, archivist for the Arkansas Digital Newspaper Project and the state’s manager for the National Digital Newspaper Project.
She said the goal is to digitize 100,000 to 110,000 pages in each two-year cycle. Adkins said they’ll submit another grant application in January to fund a fourth round of digitization for the 2023-25 cycle, which will begin in September.
Adkins said she and Chelsea Cinotto are the only Arkansas State Archives employees who work full time on the Arkansas Digital Newspaper Project. But other employees of the State Archives provide assistance and guidance. And they have contract staff who speak, write and can translate German.
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