The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) identifies, preserves, and digitizes Illinois newspapers. We also help researchers locate the Illinois newspapers they need. The INP is an initiative of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library and the Preservation Services Unit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Using the IDNC: May Fetes and the “Triumph of Spring” at the University of Illinois

The month of May at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is most notable for Mom’s Weekend and campus commencement celebrations, but one campus tradition of yore, the annual May Fete, was an event enjoyed by both mothers and graduating seniors. The May Fete was founded in 1899 when a group of 24 women students…[read more]

Illinois Newspaper Project seeks nominations for digitization

Do you know of a historic Illinois newspaper that you think should be digitized and made freely available online? The Illinois Newspaper Project is pleased to announce a proposal-based process for selecting Illinois newspapers for digitization…[read more]

Illinois Newspaper Project receives NEH funding

We are delighted to announce that we’ve received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) again in 2022-2024…[read more]

The Universalist

The Universalist was a religious newspaper published near the end of the nineteenth century, a century when religious newspapers proliferated alongside the denominations they documented. Denominationalism was a distinctive feature…[read more]

The National Prohibitionist

From 1907 to 1911 the National Prohibitionist was the official organ of the Prohibition Party, an influential “third party” of the Progressive Era. The Progressive Era produced at least twenty “third” parties, and the Prohibition Party was among the more influential, certainly the most enduring…[read more]


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