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National Digital Newspaper Program (A Partnership between NEH & the Library of Congress)

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  • Amos J Wright
    ... From: H-NET List for Women s History [mailto:H-WOMEN@H-NET.MSU.EDU] On Behalf Of nutter@MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 8:14 AM To:
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      From: H-NET List for Women's History [mailto:H-WOMEN@...] On
      Behalf Of nutter@MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU
      Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 8:14 AM
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      Subject: ANN: Cooperative Agreements: National Digital Newspaper Program
      (A Partnership between NEH and the Library of Congress)

      Apologies for cross-posting:

      Posted at the request of the National Endowment for the Humanities,
      Division of Preservation and Access. Please feel free to forward as

      Request for Proposals-Cooperative Agreements for the National Digital
      Newspaper Program (A Partnership between NEH and the Library of

      URL: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/ndnp.html

      Program Overview

      * Award amount: up to $400,000
      * Deadline for submission: November 1, 2007
      * Award announcement: June 2008
      * Grant period: 2 years beginning July 2008

      NEH is soliciting proposals from institutions to participate in the
      National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). Ultimately, over a period of
      approximately 20 years, NDNP will create a national, digital resource of
      historically significant newspapers from all the states and U.S.
      territories published between 1836 and 1922. This searchable database
      will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and be
      freely accessible via the Internet. [See the beta prototype Web site,
      Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers at
      http://www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/ .] An accompanying national
      newspaper directory of bibliographic and holdings information on the Web
      site will direct users to newspaper titles available in all types of
      formats. LC will also digitize and contribute to the NDNP database a
      significant number of newspaper pages drawn from its own collections
      during the course of this partnership between NEH and the Library.

      The NDNP will be implemented in several phases, gradually extending its
      chronological coverage. Since 2005, awards to state projects are
      supporting the selection and digitization of titles published in
      California, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Texas,
      Utah, and Virginia between 1880 and 1910. The Endowment intends to fund
      projects in all states and U.S. territories provided that sufficient
      funds allocated for this purpose are available. One organization within
      each U.S. state or territory will receive an award to collaborate with
      relevant state partners in this effort. Previously funded projects will
      be eligible for continued support to digitize pages from new decades, as
      the program increases its chronological span. During this phase of NDNP,
      successful applicants will select newspapers-published in their state in
      English between 1880 and 1922-and convert, primarily from microfilm,
      over a period of two years, approximately 100,000 pages into digital
      files, according to the technical guidelines
      (http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/pdf/NDNP_200810TechNotes.pdf) outlined by the
      Library of Congress.

      NDNP builds on the foundation established by an earlier NEH initiative:
      the United States Newspaper Program (USNP). Since 1982, the Endowment
      has supported a cooperative, national effort to locate, catalog, and
      preserve on microfilm American newspapers published from the 18th
      century to the present. NEH has funded newspaper projects in all the
      fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin
      Islands. When completed in 2009, USNP will have provided bibliographic
      control to widely scattered newspapers and have preserved on microfilm
      (to consistent national standards) selected titles from this vulnerable
      corpus. LC has provided technical assistance for the USNP since its

      NEH expects to award two-year cooperative agreements (of up to $400,000
      each), depending on the availability of funds. The Guidelines for the
      Request for Proposals are located at:
      http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/ndnp.html . LC*s technical
      guidelines are found at:
      http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/pdf/NDNP_200810TechNotes.pdf .

      For information about the application process, contact the Division of
      Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570 or e-mail at
      preservation@.... The postal address is:

      National Digital Newspaper Program
      Division of Preservation and Access
      Room 411
      National Endowment for the Humanities
      1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
      Washington, DC 20506

      Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.

      All questions relating to the technical guidelines should be directed
      to LC staff at ndnptech@....


      Laura Gottesman
      Digital Reference Team
      The Library of Congress
      < http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-digital.html >
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