Library of Congress

4 Jan 2015

Finding Historic Newspapers Online

Today’s post is about finding historic newspapers online through the Rural West Initiative, a project of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University.

This project combines visuals and data to create an interactive map of the growth of U.S. newspapers from 1690 through 2011. The map combines population estimates from NASA with information from Chronicling America, the historic newspaper database at the Library of Congress. Data visualization is credited to Dan Chang, Krissy Clark, Yuankai Ge, Geoff McGhee, Yinfeng Qin and Jason Wangby of the Rural West Initiative.

The Growth of Newspapers Across the U.S.: 1690-2011” is highly interactive and I urge you to experience the map directly by clicking here. The map also offers filters for languages and publication frequency help customize results.

The topmost image illustrates papers available in 1790, with results by title for the town of Litchfield, Connecticut, at the lower left of the […]

10 Nov 2014

Veterans History Project – 2014

According to a Pew Research Survey, 61% of Americans have an immediate family member who has served in the military since World War II. Visit the Veterans History Project on the web at www.Loc.gov/Vets or watch the video above for information about how to participate. You’ll help the Library of Congress, honor your relative, and gain valuable information for your family history research.

Participating in the Veterans History Project is an excellent way to honor the military service of your relatives. A project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project “preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.”

The Veterans History Project collects:
  • Personal narratives, including audio- and video-taped interviews and written memoirs
  • Correspondence, including letters, postcards, v-mail, and personal diaries
  • Visual materials, including photographs, drawings, and scrapbooks

The Project collects […]

14 Oct 2014

Library of Congress Wants Your Family Halloween Photos

The Library of Congress wants your family Halloween photos from 2014. Are you photographing hayrides, haunted houses, parades, or trick-or-treating this year with adorable children and grandchildren? The Library of Congress wants you! (And I hope someday the American Folklife Center (AFC) will want vintage family photographs of Halloween like the one above.)

Library of Congress Wants Your Family Halloween PhotosThe AFC at the Library of Congress invites Americans participating in holidays at the end of October and early November – Halloween, All Souls Day, All Saints Day, Dia de los Muertos – to photograph hayrides, haunted houses, parades, trick-or-treating and other celebratory and commemorative activities to contribute to a new collection documenting contemporary folklife.

Between 22 October and 5 November, the American Folklife Center invites people to document in photographs how holiday celebrations are experienced by friends, family, and community, and post photos […]

16 Aug 2014

Additions to National Digital Newspaper Program

NEH has announced the addition of South Dakota and Nevada to the National Digital Newspaper Program, a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922.

The National Digital Newspaper Program’s website is Chronicling America, a free, searchable Library of Congress resource providing information about and access to historic United States newspapers.  To date, more than 7.8 million pages published between 1836 and 1922 are available on the site.

Awards were made to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development to digitize newspapers from Nevada and South Dakota.  This brings the number of participants in the program to 39, including 37 states, one territory, and the District of Columbia.

NEH and the Library of Congress are working to have every state and U.S. territory represented in Chronicling America.  In addition, supplementary awards have […]