In June 2009, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library received funding under the National Endowment for the Humanities' National Digital Newspaper Program to digitize 100,000 pages of historically significant Illinois newspapers dating from 1865-1922. This funding enabled us to take newspaper preservation into the next stage: digitization. Newspapers digitized as part of this program are available on the Library of Congress' Chronicling America web site.
In August 2011, the UIUC Library received a second NEH grant which will enable us to continue digitizing historically significent Illinois newspapers, dating from 1836-1922.
For more information:
UIUC Grant application to NEH for 2009-2011 cycle
National Digital Newspaper Program
Press release from University of Illinois Library
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