University of North Texas Libraries (UNTL) were selected as the lead institution in Texas for the National Digital Newspaper Program’s (NDNP), Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. The National Digital Newspaper Program is a joint project by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LOC) to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers from 1690 to the present. During the next 20 years, NDNP will create a digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 in all 50 states and U.S. territories. For each two-year phase of the grant, UNT delivers 100,000 pages of digitized newspapers to LOC, and UNT also hosts these images on the Portal to Texas History, for free and open access.
Beyond Chronicling America, the Texas Digital Newspaper Program seeks to form partnerships with a wide array of groups to digitize as many Texas newspaper titles as possible, through private foundation funding, friends of the library projects, and individual partner self-funding. Our goal is to create a digital newspaper repository that represents all Texas counties, and this is only achievable through statewide collaboration. Our newest initiative is to preserve and host digital newspaper PDFs. Digital newspaper PDFs, which are the PDF print masters sent to a newspaper printing office, are a significant next frontier for newspaper access and preservation. For all newspapers included in the repository, whether they are scanned from microfilm or acquired through PDF print master, the Texas Digital Newspaper Program draws upon best practice standards established by the Library of Congress and the NEH for the National Digital Newspaper Program.