Newark Post highlights ChronAm/DDNP

A recent article featured in the Newark Post highlights the contributions the Delaware Digital Newspaper Project (DDNP) to the Chronicling America database, including, of course, the Newark Post (1910-1922)!

View full article on Newark Post Online

Many thanks go out to the Newark Post staff, especially editor Josh Shannon, for their help in making these historic issues freely-available through ChronAm and the UD Library’s UDSpace. Scanning of more recent issues is in process, but you can currently access 1910-2011:

View Newark Post on UDSpace


New DE Content for June!

This June, the Library of Congress has been uploading a lot of new content to Chronicling America, and the DDNP has new totals to announce:

  • Titles — 15
  • Issues — 16,733
  • Historical essays — 14
  • Pages — 74,444

Newly-added titles include Delaware Gazette and State Journal (1884-1902), Delaware Tribune (1867-1877), and the Newark Post (1910-1922). Full list of digitized titles on ChronAm can be found here:

A total of 104 titles and 90K pages are expected to round out the two year grant cycle, so keep an eye out on Twitter, Facebook, and this blog (Batch/Title Scheduling) for updates.


July 20, 2017 — Hagley Historian Guest Lecture

Lucas R. Clawson, Reference Archivist and Historian, Hagley Museum and Library

The Delaware Digital Newspaper Project team would like to invite all of you to save the date for a lecture by Lucas R. Clawson, Hagley Historian, on Thursday, July 20th from 10-11am in the Class of 1941 Lecture Room at the University of Delaware’s Morris Library. This event is open to the University community as well as to the public.

Please join us as Mr. Clawson discusses Delaware and the Civil War and how he uses primary source documents, such as digital newspapers in Chronicling America, to do his research.

Summary: The Aftermath of the American Civil War in Delaware

The American Civil War took a heavy toll on Delaware. Thousands of Delawareans fought and died, the state’s industries produced record amounts of war materials, and Delaware’s politicians fought bitterly among themselves over issues like slavery, states’ rights, and President Lincoln’s war policy. When the war’s last shots were fired in 1865, peace did not immediately come to Delaware. Some of the wounds created by the war lingered on for decades. Others never healed. Learn more about how Delawareans dealt with the aftermath of America’s most devastating conflict in this talk by Lucas R. Clawson.

About the Speaker

Lucas R. Clawson works for Hagley Museum and Library where he is Reference Archivist in the Manuscripts Department as well as the site’s historian. He works with the DuPont Company and du Pont family records to help researchers who come to the library as well as working with Hagley’s staff to help interpret the site’s history. Lucas also curated Hagley’s exhibition on the American Civil War, called “An Oath of Allegiance to the Republic: DuPont and the Civil War”, which ran in 2011-2012.

We hope to see you there!

DDNP & HMNP at the 2017 MLA/DLA Conference!

2017 MLA/DLA Joint Annual Conference

Did you make the trip to beautiful Cambridge, MD for the Maryland Library Association & Delaware Library Association Joint Annual Conference this week? Make sure to check out a joint presentation by the DDNP’s Molly Olney-Zide and Historic Maryland Newspapers Project’s Robin C. Pike (University of Maryland — College Park) on Friday, May 12, 2017, 9:45am. Hear updates about each state project, learn tips on searching Chronicling America, and leave with posters, bookmarks, and handouts!

Hope to see you there!


Jinx is off to LC!

Batch #10 (Jinx) makes its trek to LC this week.

This week we sent off our 10th batch of content (fondly known as Jinx) to the Library of Congress. We have only two batches left to finish off our first grant cycle!

For more information about the titles included in the Jinx batch and the MANY titles included in the last two batches, check out our Batch/Title Scheduling page.

DDNP Logo Refresh

As the DDNP nears the end of the first two-year grant cycle, new Delaware newspaper titles and pages are added to Chronicling America on a regular basis (now up to ~60K pages and 11 titles!). To celebrate these additions and better promote this rich resource, the DDNP has a new logo. With a backdrop of mastheads from the first 11 Delaware titles included in the DDNP, this new logo is used for our social media accounts and will be used in upcoming promotional materials.

Let us know what you think about the new logo (, and be sure to follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook for updates!

We’re crossing our fingers for a second grant cycle from NEH for another two years of bringing historical newspapers into the digital age!

Why These Titles?

A question were are often asked when talking about the Delaware Digital Newspaper Project (DDNP) is, “Why these titles?” Rightfully so, people are curious as to how we decided to include the titles we did in the first 2-year grant cycle…and how we decided what NOT to include. For this first cycle, two very important factors for our team were quality and convenience of microfilm.

In order to maintain high quality standards across the National Digital Newspaper Program, the Library of Congress requires all institutions to provide digital copies created from microfilm master negatives. When a researcher uses microfilm at a library, they are using what we refer to an an “access copy.” While these copies are usually created from master negatives and provide a quality reading copy, these microfilm reels often see a lot of use. Microfilm readers can scratch and bend the film over time, so these access copies are not ideal when creating a preservation quality digital image.

Quite simply, the DDNP team chose the list of roughly 100 titles, because the UD Library owns the microfilm master negatives for all of these titles. While some institutions, such as University of Maryland — College Park, do not own master negatives and have to partner with other state institutions to track down these reels or pay high prices to purchase them from a vendor, we made a duplicate copy of our master microfilm negatives for the Library of Congress and eliminated the need for lengthy discussions and high costs.

As far as the order in which these reels were digitized…we chose newspapers with long runs first and then moved toward reels that included single issues of titles and titles listed only as “miscellaneous.” Due to this technique, we only have 11 distinct titles of about 100 currently available on Chronicling America, but stay tuned for long list coming soon!

We are very excited for the end of our first cycle when we can say that all pre-1923 newspapers the UD Library owns on microfilm master negatives are complete and available on Chronicling America.

New DE Content on ChronAm!

Want to try your luck at the “Guessing Contest” in The Evening Republican from April 15th, 1902? Guess how many dots will fill the blank circle to win cash prizes!

The Evening Republican. (Wilmington, Del.), 15 April 1902. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

And for a more modern guessing game, how many pages has DDNP contributed to Chronicling America?

As of today, just under 50 thousand pages of Delaware newspapers are freely available for researching!

New never-before-seen-in-digital titles include:

Stay tuned for new batches arriving in the next month!

News Journal Coverage for DDNP

David Cardillo, library assistant in the Center for Digital Collections, prepares microfilm for digitization — Photo by Jennifer Corbett (News Journal)

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:

Middletown Transcript – 1868-1922…and beyond

Middletown transcript. (Middletown, Del.), 04 Jan. 1868. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

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:

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!

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