The Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project(FPRDNP) is a collaboration between the University of Florida Smathers Libraries and the library at the University of Puerto Rico– Rio Piedras, as part of the state and territory’s involvement in the NDNP.
The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress, is a long-term effort to provide permanent, free access to historic newspapers selected and digitized by NEH-funded awardees in the United States. This program was created to build upon the United States Newspaper Program (USNP), another NEH & Library of Congress sponsored program geared toward locating, cataloging, and preserving microfilm newspapers published in the U.S. from the 18th Century to present. The NDNP extends the usefulness of the USNP’s digitized assets by incorporating newspapers published from 1836-1922 into a national digital newspaper resource, Chronicling America, where the digitized pages are made available. Through this resource over 9 million newspaper pages have been made available thus far.
The University of Florida was one of the original NDNP awardees in 2005 when the program first started. Approximately 100,000 pages of Florida newspapers published between 1900-1910 were digitized and incorporated into Chronicling America. The George A. Smathers Libraries was awarded another NEH grant of $325,000 in 2013 to collaborate with the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras and provide financial support for the Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project. As of August 2015, NEH awarded the FLPRDNP another $288,000 to digitize an additional 110,000 pages from both Florida and Puerto Rico. The completed project will provide free, internet-based access to newspapers that are currently available only on aging microfilm. The digitized papers will be available through the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America, the University of Florida Libraries’ Florida Digital Newspaper Library, and the Biblioteca Digital Puertorriqueña at the University of Puerto Rico.
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