UC Riverside receives $264k grant for e-archiving of newspapers


Last updated 8/8/2018 at 6:58pm

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A $264,000 federal grant awarded to UC Riverside will support the university's ongoing effort to digitally archive hundreds of thousands of pages from newspapers published in California since the mid-19th century, it was announced today.

The UCR California Digital Newspaper Project is among 218 projects throughout the country that will receive an aggregate $43 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"From nationally broadcast documentaries to summer workshops for high school teachers, the projects receiving funding today strengthen and sustain the cultural life of our nation and its citizens,'' said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede.

The California Digital Newspaper Project, underway for nearly two decades, is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program and entails digitally archiving, or storing, California-based newspapers dating back to 1846.

The collection now contains roughly 310,000 issues, comprising just over 4 million pages, according to the UCR Center for Bibliographical Studies & Research.

The aim is to preserve copies of papers that have long since disappeared, including the first newspaper in the state, the Californian.

According to the NEH, the grant will cover the cost of digitizing 100,000 pages of newspapers published between 1920 and 1940.

Archived copies are available to the public for research and general interest. The California Digital Newspaper Collection website is at https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc .


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