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 Program (NDNP). This is the sixth NDNP award the Libraries have received since 2013, bringing the combined project total to over $1.8 million.
The recent NEH award will fund the US Caribbean & Florida Digital Newspaper Project, which will run until August 2025, building on work from previous project phases. During the 10-year period from 2013 to 2023, more than 500,000 pages of historical newspapers published in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands were digitized and made publicly available online.
Over the next two years, the UF project team will digitize an additional 100,000 pages from Florida newspapers published between 1870 to 1963. Selected content will include labor papers from Tampa and Miami, newspapers from historically diverse communities, and seven counties new to NDNP digitization.
This funding allows the project to preserve more of Florida’s history and support new avenues for primary-source research for teachers, students, and scholars.
The project will run from September 2023 to August 2025. All digitized content will be text-searchable and freely accessible in the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) and Chronicling America, a site created and maintained by the Library of Congress for the National Digital Newspaper Program.