The DDNP Team enjoyed a delightful visit with News Journal journalist Jessica Bies and photographer Jennifer Corbett on Monday, February 13, 2017.
Jessica and Jennifer met with the full DDNP Project Team, interviewed Library Assistant David Cardillo on his role in the project, and interviewed Molly Olney-Zide, project manager, about project specifics.
View the full article by Jessica Bies and images on the News Journal website:
With the recent additions made to Chronicling America, the long-running Middletown Transcript is now freely-available and full-text searchable from its first issue published on January 4, 1868 through December 30, 1922 (the last issue that falls in the public domain).
Where Chronicling America ends for Middletown Transcript, the Middletown Historical Society, located in Middletown, Delaware, takes over. Before the DDNP digitized early issues of Middletown Transcript, MHS completed a project to digitize this title from its beginning in 1868 to 1992. Due to copyright and other restrictions, these digitized issues are only available on-site on a dedicated computer terminal, but the digital images provide a nice reprieve for anyone who has spent hours skimming through hundreds of rolls of microfilm. You will have to visit in person, but access to more recent issues of the newspaper in digital format can save hours of research time!
Chronicling America provides a first-time ever freely-accessible, online opportunity to view the earliest issues of Middletown Transcript. Rather than simply overlap in effort, the Middletown Historical Society’s efforts and those efforts of DDNP compliment each other very well. If you are interested in post-1922 issues of this title, please make sure to visit the Middletown Historical Society. For a minimal membership fee, many more decades of Delaware history will be available to you!
Middletown Historical Society website: http://www.middletowndehistory.com/
The Middletown Transcript: http://www.middletowndehistory.com/the-middletown-transcript/
Many thanks to the Middletown Historical Society and David Mapsen for their collaboration and information provided during the first round of DDNP!
Without the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Delaware Digital Newspaper Project and the numerous National Digital Newspaper Program partners would not be able to preserve American history and make it freely-accessible on Chronicling America to everyone with internet access. We do a LOT with a modest amount of money. Please help continue NDNP and the MANY important projects supported by NEH by voicing your support:
At long last, our patience has been rewarded with an additional 8,000 pages ingested into the Chronicling America database during this past week!
Titles that are currently available for full-text searching include:
- Daily Republican (1884-1887)
- Delaware Republican, and Farmers’, Manufacturers’ and Mechanics’ Advocate (1841-1842)
- Delaware Republican (1843-1874)
- Middletown Transcript (1868-1922)
- Wilmington Daily Gazette (1873-1874)
- The Daily Gazette (1874-1883)
With this recent addition, the DDNP has now contributed a total of 6 titles, 5,443 issues, and 22,849 pages to the NDNP!
For more information on upcoming titles to be added to the database, please check the Batch/Title Scheduling page of this blog.
The Chronicling America database provides quick and easy access to the finished product of NDNP’s efforts, but have you ever wondered about the nitty gritty details that make access to these historic newspapers possible? NEH has created their first-ever web-based video, In The Field: National Digital Newspaper Program, that introduces viewers to some key players in the Program and shows how the valuable historic newspapers go from the print copies once found on doorsteps to the digital copies accessible for free by anyone with internet access.
You can also view the tweet announcing this video on Twitter, and follow @NEHgov:
— NEH (@NEHgov) December 19, 2016
The DDNP Project Team has received many questions about popular Delaware newspaper titles that are missing from the first phase of our NDNP grant. We are pleased to announce that the Newark Post will be joining the title list for our first phase of the NDNP grant. The Newark Post began publication in 1910 and continues to be published today. We will be duplicating the microfilm from the first issue in 1910 through 1922, and copyright research will be conducted to determine if we can also include 1923-1963 during a second grant phase.
Some efforts have already been made to digitize the Newark Post by the University of Delaware Library on UDSpace, but we hope adding it to the NDNP grant will allow us to make it more broadly available. Thanks to support from the editors of the Newark Post, you can freely view scattered issues of this title from 1913-2011:
Eventually some years will be available on both Chronicling America and on UDSpace. We will keep you updated as new titles and pages are added!
Please check out the article posted online by the Newark Post:
We want to send out a warm welcome to the newest partners to the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP)!
Alaska — Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Colorado — Colorado Historical Society
Maine — Maine State Library
New Jersey — Rutgers University
NDNP now represents a total of 43 states and one US territory (Puerto Rico). Read more about these new awards an continuing award on the NEH website:
Make sure to check out the recent article by Michael Mika about the Delaware Digital Newspaper Project (DDNP) in the Delaware Business Times. Thanks to the UD Library’s Center for Digital Collections staff for giving a behind-the-scenes view of the project — Xiaolan Meng and Tom Pulhamus.
Are you new to searching digital newspapers in Chronicling America and need some basic tips to get you started? Our Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project partners have put together a 3 minute YouTube tutorial in a recent blog post to give you a little background on the FL & PR project and teach you how to perform an advanced search in the database. These same techniques can be translated into a search for Delaware newspapers. If you look closely during the demonstration, you can see Delaware as an option in the state dropdown (something that was made possible only last month!).
Be sure to check out more on the FL & PR Digital Newspaper Project at: www.ufdc.ufl.edu/ufndnp
In light of the announcement in late July of the manufacturing of the last VCR (Read Brian Barrett’s article, “The VCR is Officially Dead, But We’ll Never Forget It,” on Wired.com), other technologies we may have expected to “die” a long time ago come to mind. Microfilm readers, for instance.
With a project like the DDNP that gathers content from decades of microfilm reels, microfilm readers are essential to the project’s success. Read, reused for packing, then recycled, newsprint was at one point ubiquitous…it was throwaway news. To save that content, those fragile pages that yellowed and got brittle over time were preserved on microfilm.
Unlike other formats, especially digital, that have changed drastically over time, these microformats have persevered. We are microfilming many fewer things than we used to due to the prevalence of born digital content (and budget restraints), but UD still houses a number of older microfilm and microfiche readers that are still used today. Through the years, photocopiers, computers, and scanners have been attached to make the lives of researchers easier, but these machines have not changed quite as much as you might have expected since the Library of Congress’ US Newspaper Program started in the early 1980s.
Visit the UD Library’s Student Multimedia Design Center (SMDC) in the lower level of the Morris Library to fully appreciate this Throwback Thursday: