The abolitionist anti-slavery newspaper The Bugle, published in Salem.

The abolitionist anti-slavery newspaper The Bugle, published in Salem.

By Jenni Salamon, Coordinator, Ohio Digital Newspaper Program, Ohio Historical Society

Did you know that the Ohio Historical Society (OHS) is preserving, digitizing and providing access to Ohio’s historical newspapers? In 2008, OHS began participating in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a collaborative project of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC).

Through this program, over 300,000 pages of Ohio’s newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 from approximately 66 titles representing 53 counties will be freely available and full-text searchable at Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov) by the end of 2014. (As of November 30, 2013, just over 200,000 pages are available on Chronicling America.)  From the abolitionist Anti-Slavery Bugle published in Salem to the Copperhead Dayton Daily Empire to the Republican Spirit of Democracy in Woodsfield, the collection represents the great diversity of Ohio’s newspapers and the people they served.

In addition to NDNP, OHS has also been partnering with local cultural heritage institutions to digitize newspapers for Ohio Memory (www.ohiomemory.org), the collaborative digital library of the Ohio Historical Society, State Library of Ohio and over 360 additional institutions from around the state. What does this mean? Another 100,000 pages of Ohio newspapers published  from 1832 to 2011, are online, freely accessible and full-text searchable. To see a full list of newspapers currently available or coming soon to Chronicling America and Ohio Memory, visit http://www.ohiohistoryhost.org/ohiomemory/odnp/newspapers.

Through its Ohio Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP), OHS will continue its efforts to preserve the state’s historical newspapers through microfilming and digitization utilizing current industry standards and best practices. Interested in learning more about this program or how you can work with OHS to preserve your newspaper? Contact Jenni Salamon by telephone at 614-297-2579 or email at jsalamon@ohiohistory.org. Project staff will also be presenting a session at the 2014 Ohio Newspaper Association Convention— “The Good, the Bad and the Weird: Stories from Ohio’s Historical Newspapers.”

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