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.)


Cooking with Salsify

As promised, I present to you not only some representative recipes taken from the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections highlighting the Rodney Dangerfield of vegetables, salsify, but pictures of the dishes and opinions of those lucky enough to eat and critique them!

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Forgotten Colonial Vegetable–Salsify

While correcting text for the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (IDNC), I discovered an article in the June 15, 1918 issue of the Chicago Packer that covered a partial ban of some American produce into Canada. I believe the ban had more to do with World War I than the Spanish Influenza pandemic at the time, but I found it interesting that certain foods were banned while others were not.

The importation of certain fruits and vegetables considered essential for Canadian consumption will be permitted, with the following exceptions: Blackberries, gooseberries, currants, cucumbers, watermelons, artichokes, shallots, green peas, romaine, parsnips, salsify, pomegranates, quinces, nectarines, mangos, eggplant, green peppers, Brussels Sprouts, asparagus, mushrooms, parsley, endive, beets and turnips…[read more]

Illinois Newspaper Project Interviews James P. Danky

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.

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]


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