Phase 6 begins!

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 isContinue reading Phase 6 begins!

Reflections on 10 Years of Digitization

The US Caribbean & Florida Digital Newspaper Project celebrates 10 years of continuous digitization! Principal Investigator Patrick Reakes and Co-Principal Investigator Melissa Jerome reflect on 10 years of the project.  Patrick Reakes: Principal Investigator 2013-2025 Senior Associate Dean, Scholarly Resources and Services George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida  As we’re reaching the end of our 5thContinue reading Reflections on 10 Years of Digitization

Phase 5 Florida Titles

Este blog también está disponible en español. We are nearing the end of Phase 5 of the US Caribbean & Florida Digital Newspaper Project!  During this phase (2021-2023), the following newspaper titles from Florida were digitized. All digitized issues of Diario las Américas are already live in Chronicling America. Most issues of La Gaceta digitizedContinue reading Phase 5 Florida Titles

Bull and Bread Day/Liberty Day 

A small island can serve as a remarkable microcosm for driving social change and can also provide an optimal environment for cultivating bold community leaders. David Hamilton Jackson was an exemplar of such a leader. Born in 1884 and raised on the island of St. Croix, Jackson received his initial training as an educator. JacksonContinue reading Bull and Bread Day/Liberty Day 

Progress for the People: Newspaper History in the Virgin Islands

This grant cycle the US Caribbean & Florida Digital Newspaper Project has digitized new content from five US Virgin Islands newspapers: The St. Croix Tribune, The St. Croix Avis, The West End News, The Daily News of the Virgin Islands, and The Home Journal. These papers follow in the tradition of earlier papers from theContinue reading Progress for the People: Newspaper History in the Virgin Islands

Introducing El Imparcial

Este blog también está disponible en Español. The self-proclaimed “Diario de la tarde” (“the afternoon daily”), the newspaper El Imparcial (San Juan, Puerto Rico) was one of the main witnesses to Puerto Rican and international history of the 20th century. It began publication on November 1, 1918 and frontpage headlines included the end of the WWI, theContinue reading Introducing El Imparcial

The Case for Building a House for the Dead

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” The first line of LP Hartley’s 1953 novel “The Go-Between,” often comes to mind when one is perusing newspapers from another time. It’s fascinating to try to imagine what captivated people throughout history. According to one staff writer for the St. Croix Avis, JanuaryContinue reading The Case for Building a House for the Dead

Celebrating 100 Years of the National Parks Service

July 25, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service (NPS). Established by Woodrow Wilson under the Organic Act of 1916, the national parks are enjoyed by millions of visitors interested in exploring the diversity and beauty of the U.S. landscape. Today, the creation of a new federal bureau would likely make headlines,Continue reading Celebrating 100 Years of the National Parks Service