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.

Have a question about reformatting or digitizing newspapers in your collection? The INP might be able to help! We can provide information on best practices, connect institutions with digitization vendors, and potentially add your digitized content to the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (IDNC). Fill out our general information form here.





Updates and new titles in the IDNC

Updates were recently made to the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections. Users of the IDNC will notice an improved image view, pagination under each image, permanent links for issues, and updates to text correcting. [read more]

IDNC adds previously undigitized Daily Illini issues

Users of the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (IDNC), particularly locals or those with ties to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, may be acutely aware of the infamous gap in availability of Daily Illini issues from 1976 to 1992. The Illinois Newspaper Project is thrilled to announce that, as of this week, previously undigitized issues of UIUC’s student newspaper are now available in the IDNC for research. [read more]

Learn more about the INP and the NDNP digitization opportunity

Check out the digital flyers to learn more about the history of the Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) and the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), and learn about the current opportunity to nominate newspapers for a chance to be made freely available online. Also includes a registration link for an upcoming information session on September 5. [read more]

Opportunity to participate: nominate a newspaper to be digitized and made freely available for research!

The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) is now accepting nominations for newspapers to be digitized as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. All Illinois cultural heritage institutions (including libraries, museums, archives, and historical and genealogical societies) are invited to nominate newspapers on microfilm held in their collections. 100,000 pages of newspapers will be digitized and made freely available online.  [read more]

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]

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