Over the past several months, Digital Services staff at the Ohio History Connection have been busily digitizing even more Ohio newspapers for Chronicling America, the Library of Congress’s free digital newspaper database. Although we had already completed digitization of all the newspapers selected for our 2012-2014 grant cycle, surplus grant funds allowed us to digitize 15,000 more pages! Now issues from the following newspapers are online and keyword searchable:
- From Bellefontaine (Logan County)
- From Celina (Mercer County)
- From Painesville (Lake County)
- From Washington Court House (Fayette County)
- From Wauseon (Fulton County)
Since 2008, the Ohio History Connection’s contributions to this program have greatly increased access to Ohio’s historic newspapers. Our Chronicling America collection now includes:
- Over 318,000 pages covering 1836-1922 (most from 1840-1880)
- About 70 titles or title families
- 58 counties around the state
- Diverse voices from rural, urban, temperance, abolitionist, labor, German, Democratic, Republican and other communities
These papers help tell the story of Ohio history, from the state level all the way down to the local. And while we may not be adding any new papers to Chronicling America for now, our efforts to digitize Ohio’s historic newspapers will continue through Ohio Memory, the Ohio History Connection’s collaborative digital library. We’ve already digitized over 130,000 pages for Ohio Memory and will keep adding more through partnerships with local libraries, historical societies and other cultural heritage institutions. Ohio Memory newspapers, just like those on Chronicling America, are freely available and keyword searchable. For a full list of all available newspapers on Chronicling America and Ohio Memory, click here.
Chronicling America is brought to you by the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities, Library of Congress and state projects to provide enhanced access to United States newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. National Endowment for the Humanities awards support state projects to select and digitize historically significant titles that are aggregated and permanently maintained by the Library of Congress at Chronicling America. As part of the project, the Ohio History Connection contributed over 315,000 newspaper pages to the project between July 2008 and August 2015. For more information about this project and resources for searching Chronicling America, please visit the National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio Project Wiki or About Ohio Memory.
Jenni Salamon, Coordinator, Ohio Digital Newspaper Program