The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC) have jointly developed a National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) to provide the public access to United States newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. States with grant funding to participate in the program identify regionally historically significant titles and digitize their content obtained from microfilm or original papers. When fully-processed, the newspaper content transitions from microfilm to various digital formats – PDF, TIFF, JP2 and OCR. The LC then accessions, curates and makes available these digitized images.
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (ASLAPR), a division of the Secretary of State’s Office, received grants in 2008 and 2010 to participate in the program, thus work continues as a multi-year effort to digitize and preserve the content of many of our historic newspapers. An Advisory Board recommended historic newspapers for inclusion in the digital conversion program. These resources represent Arizona’s geographical, population, tribal and cultural diversity between 1859 and 1922.
The public can browse over digitized images in the Arizona Digital Newspaper Program at http://adnp.lib.az.us or the Library of Congress web portal Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.