More than 400,000 pages digitized

Today, August 31, 2021, marks the end of Phase 4 of our project. We accomplished so much in the last eight years, primarily the digitization of more than 400,000 pages of historical newspapers published in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The summary below breaks down our accomplishments into some data points. TitlesContinue reading More than 400,000 pages digitized

We’re moving to Phase 5!

August 17, 2021 UF Libraries awarded additional funding from NEH to digitize and provide access to historic newspapers The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida received a grant award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to expand their newspaper digitization efforts and continue participating in the National Digital Newspaper ProgramContinue reading We’re moving to Phase 5!

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

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!

What Happened To Tom Tiger? The Battle for a Seminole Chief’s Remains

  The Seminole Indians have a long and storied past with the settlers of Florida. Following the Third Seminole War (1855-58), the few hundred remaining Native Americans settled deep within the Everglades where they could live without conflict. Relations gradually improved between the two groups, and by the 1890s, white residents were offering opportunities forContinue reading What Happened To Tom Tiger? The Battle for a Seminole Chief’s Remains