Meet the Flyest Woman of the 1900s

While browsing the pages of our historical newspaper collection, we stumbled upon an article featuring Jean Dawson. An educator, Dawson, led a seemingly successful campaign against the housefly in the 1900s to combat the spread of diseases like polio. About Polio In the early 1900s, polio was making its way across the United States. However,Continue reading Meet the Flyest Woman of the 1900s

The Southern Jewish Weekly

About the newspaper The Southern Jewish Weekly began publication in 1939, when editor Isadore Moscovitz (a University of Florida Journalism graduate) merged the Florida Jewish News and the Jewish Citizen to create a new newspaper that would be “an independent weekly serving American citizens of Jewish faith”. The Weekly considered itself the “oldest and mostContinue reading The Southern Jewish Weekly

Introducing the Diario las Americas

We are thrilled to announce that all content selected of the Diario las Américas has been digitized and is now available for viewing! There are approximately 15,000 pages for November 1953 – December 1960 that are text-searchable in Chronicling America. This is the first title we have been able to introduce to ChronAm from FloridaContinue reading Introducing the Diario las Americas

Chronicling America travels to the Caribbean

This post was co-authored by project Advisory Board members at the University of the Virgin Islands, Jennifer Jackson, Cynthia Richards, and Judith Rodgers, Project Coordinator at the George A. Smathers Libraries (UF) Melissa Jerome, and NEH Program Officer Hadassah St. Hubert. The St. Croix Avis is the first newspaper from the Virgin Islands to be includedContinue reading Chronicling America travels to the Caribbean

Announcement: Phase 4 Titles Selected

We have exciting news to share! We have selected titles to digitize during this phase of our project. Over the course of the next year, we will be preparing content from following titles. Once selections have been digitized and reviewed, they will be made available for viewing on Chronicling America. We’ll be sure to shareContinue reading Announcement: Phase 4 Titles Selected

New Year, New Us!

In August 2019, the Florida & Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project came to an end. During the last six years (Sept2013-Aug2019), we have digitized more than 500 microfilm reels with over 300,000 pages of newspapers equating to approximately 13 terabytes worth of data. All the digitized content comes from 43 newspaper titles published in FloridaContinue reading New Year, New Us!

We’re moving on to Phase 4! UF Libraries receive NEH grant to digitize newspapers

UF Libraries receive NEH grant to digitize newspapers: Project will provide access to ethnic and Caribbean newspapers The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to expand their newspaper digitization efforts and continue participating in the National Digital Newspaper Program. The funds providedContinue reading We’re moving on to Phase 4! UF Libraries receive NEH grant to digitize newspapers

Blood Upon the Sand: The Armenian Genocide in World War I

On April 29, 1915, sandwiched between advertisements for “Groves Tasteless Chill Tonic” and “Chamberlain’s Tablets” near the bottom of page two of the Thursday edition of the Pensacola Journal (column five), was a short report on the Turkish arrest of hundreds of Armenian residents of Constantinople (Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The obscure placement of the article must have made sense to the editors given other dramatic stories reported that day. America was at peace, but Europe and much of the world was in the ninth month of World War I. The small Pensacola paper dutifully relayed the developments in that week’s landing of Allied troops along the Gallipoli Peninsula in an attempt to wrest control of the Dardanelles from Turkish troops and seize Constantinople, a campaign designed to knock the Ottoman Empire out of the war on the road to the defeat of that country and its ally, Germany.