Our Views: Putting La. past online

It’s been said that journalism is the first draft of history, which is an important acknowledgment of the role that vintage newspaper editions can play in conducting historical research.

That’s why we’re glad the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded LSU Libraries’ Special Collections Division another grant to digitize an additional 100,000 pages of Louisiana newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. The grant will help continue work funded through an earlier NEH grant awarded to the project in 2009.

The grant will allow the old newspapers to be placed in a format that will allow them to be used easily by anyone online.

That’s a great resource not only for scholars, but for members of the general public who are interested in history.

Some of the newspaper issues already digitized as part of the project can be viewed via the Internet at http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/cc/dlnp/.

We congratulate LSU on getting support for this important work, and we look forward to reading more of Louisiana’s history online.