Illinois Newspaper Project

Preserving Illinois's newspaper heritage.

Donate Money

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign newspaper library holds millions of pages in print and microfilm, but only a small fraction of the collection has been digitized. A $5, $15, or $25 contribution will help us fund the cost of digitizing more newspapers for free online access.

Please click here to donate, and specify that your donation is supporting IDNC, which is part of the History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library.

The Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections is supported in part by the following donors and grant agencies:

  • Douglas C. Roberts Family
  • Clifford Family Endowment
  • Stewart S. Howe Foundation Endowment
  • Illinois State Library and the Institute for Museum and Library Services
  • State of Illinois
  • University of Illinois Library
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Illinois State Library
  • Center for Research Libraries
  • Clifford Family Endowment
  • George Stambaugh Memorial Fund
  • Lancaster Farming, Inc.
  • Minnesota Historical Society
  • Norma Jean Johnston Estate
  • Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center Library
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Tahlman Krumm Jr. Library Fund
  • The Ohio State University Libraries
  • University of Illinois Library
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
  • Wisconsin Historical Society
  • M. Christine Wicklein Schwartz in memory of Andrew A. Wicklein, Class of '43
  • Robert O. Endres

Donate Newspapers

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library is committed to preserving the cultural heritage of Illinois. Newspapers contain a wealth of historical information for researchers, archivists, librarians, and the general public. Our goal is to preserve this valuable resource through careful stewardship, including proper storage, handling, and repair of the originals. By donating Illinois newspapers to the UIUC Library, you add to the pool of newspapers that can be microfilmed for preservation and possibly also digitized in the future.

Please contact the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library if you are interested in, or have any questions about, making a donation.

Help Correct OCR Text in the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection

The articles in the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection are searchable because of computer-generated text that underlies the page images. This computer-generated text is often riddles with errors. You can help improve the accuracy of keyword searches by correcting these errors.

Optical Character Recognition

Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, is a process by which software reads a page image and translates it into a text file by recognising the shapes of the letters (The NINCH Guide to Good Practice in the Digital Representation and Management of Cultural Heritage Materials).

OCR enables searching of large quantities of full-text data, but it is never 100% accurate. The level of accuracy depends on the print quality of the original issue, its condition at the time of microfilming, the level of detail captured by the microfilm scanner, and the quality of the OCR software. Issues with poor quality paper, small print, mixed fonts, multiple column layouts, or damaged pages may have poor OCR accuracy.

The searchable text and titles in this collection have been automatically generated using OCR software. They have not been manually reviewed or corrected.

To look at the OCR text, select the page/article and click the "Text of this page/Text of this article" link.

How to Correct Text

The text correction interface is accessed by clicking the "Correct this text" link when viewing section text. This interface is split into two parts: the right side shows the page images that make up the document, and the left side is used for editing the lines of text.

When you move your mouse over the page images in the right pane, the blocks making up the pages will highlight. You can scroll this view by dragging with the mouse, or zoom in/out using the buttons above the viewer. Clicking a highlighted block will select it and load a form for editing that block into the left pane.

Correct the text line by line. A red box is displayed in the right pane to help you determine what text should be included in the line. Once you have finished correcting text, click "Save". The changes you make will take effect immediately. Alternatively, clicking the "Cancel" button will discard any unsaved changes you have made.

You can then make further corrections to the same block, move onto the next block by clicking the "Next" button, select another block in the right pane, or exit the text correction view by clicking the "Return to viewing mode" link. Clicking "Save & exit" instead of "Save" will save the changes and then return you to the normal viewing mode automatically.

Hint: Many web browsers include spell checking functionality and this can assist with your text correction by identifying misspelt words. If your web browser does not have this functionality, it's likely there is a spell checking add-on available (see your web browser's help for information on how to install add-ons).

Visit the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection to help with text correction.


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