LSU wins grants to digitize newspapers

In July, the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections division was awarded $285,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize an additional 100,000 pages of Louisiana newspapers published between 1836 and 1922.

This renewal grant continues support for the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project, or DLNP, which began with a similar grant to Special Collections in 2009, according to an LSU news release.

Between the two awards, the division has received a total of $636,380 for the project.

The 2011-13 grant funds will cover digitization of newspapers from microfilm, including important French-language Louisiana titles. A new feature of the renewal grant is the support it also provides for targeted outreach efforts around Louisiana.

“We are taking the show on the road,” said Gina Costello, director of the project and LSU Libraries’ Digital Services Librarian. “Ever since our first batch of titles was made available on the website Chronicling America, users from all over the state and elsewhere have been eager to explore the titles online. From genealogists to history buffs, there truly is something for everyone in these historical newspapers.”