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 Department of Preservation Services, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Linotype operator on the Chicago Defender, Negro newspaper. Chicago, Illinois
Linotype operator on the Chicago Defender, Negro newspaper. Chicago, Illinois. Photographed by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. Courtesy of Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress) LC-USF34-038648-D (b&w film neg.)


Illinois Newspaper Project Interviews James P. Danky

Graphic: Microphone icon, next to text: "James P. Danky: On the Record." Faded newspaper titles wallpaper background.

In 2019, James P. Danky received the American Journalism Historians Association’s Distinguished Service to Journalism History Award for his 40 years spent expanding and diversifying serial collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Editor of the indispensable reference tool, African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998), Danky is also an advisory board member for the Illinois Newspaper Project’s 2018 National Digital Newspaper Program grant cycle.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society, offers two annual research fellowship awards in his honor. Applications for 2020 awards are due May 1.

In this interview, Danky speaks to future stewards of the historical record about the research value of newspapers, how libraries can collect everything, and the importance of preserving diverse print for telling better history…[read more]

New Titles: African American Historical Newspapers

The INP announces titles available soon on Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections and Chronicling America. Funded by a grant received in 2018 from the National Digital Newspaper Program, these additions mark the beginning of a series of new titles selected in line with INP’s proposed theme: communities and causes…[read more]


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