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LSU receives grant to help digitize newspapers

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channe 5 )  – The LSU Libraries' Special Collections division was recently awarded $210,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant is to be used to digitize 100,000 pages of Louisiana newspapers published from 1836 through 1922.  This will include French-language Louisiana titl

 "One of the most exciting aspects about our continued participation in this grant program is the ability to digitize an additional 43 newspaper titles – including 16 French language titles – that are really unique to the culture of our state and region," said project manager Laura Charney.

This marks the third award for the libraries' participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program, contributing culturally and historically significant Louisiana newspapers to the Library of Congress' Chronicling America database.

 The Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project website, Currently, a list of titles can be viewed alphabetically by title or by parish. In addition, essays explaining individual newspapers in place and time are also featured, and a hyperlinked map of Louisiana which provides a visual sense of the geographic coverage of the titles chosen for the project. The list will be updated as new titles are selected for the 2013-15 grant cycle.

The Library of Congress' Chronicling America database can be found online at As of July 31, the Chronicling America provides access to more than 6.6 million pages from more than 1,000 titles published 1836-1922 and digitized by awardees in 30 states and the Library of Congress. 


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