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NDNP Date Range Expansion

July 8, 2016

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Library of Congress are pleased to announce the expansion of the chronological scope of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP)! Expanding on our current scope (1836-1922), the program will now begin to allow state partners to digitize historic newspapers from 1690 to 1963.

NEH and the Library of Congress hope that this expansion will further our goal of representing the political, social, economic, and cultural history of every state and U.S. territory in the open access historic newspaper database Chronicling America. By including the very first American newspapers, we can explore the history of the early days of the republic. In the twentieth century, the number of newspaper publications exploded and papers themselves grew in both length and scope. By extending the coverage of NDNP back to 1690 (when Benjamin Harris and Richard Pierce published the first American newspaper in Boston) and forward to 1963, we hope to capture the richness and diversity of our nation’s history.

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NEH Announces Chronicling America Data Challenge

November 5, 2015

"The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has launched a nationwide contest, challenging members of the public to produce creative web-based projects using data pulled from Chronicling America, the digital repository of historic U.S. newspapers....Chronicling America provides free digital access to ten million pages of historically significant newspapers published in the United States between 1836 and 1922.

In a competition posted at (external link), NEH encourages contestants to develop data visualizations, web-based tools, or other innovative web-based projects using...a user-friendly Application Program Interface (API) to explore the data contained in Chronicling America data."

See (external link) and (external link) for more information on prizes and entry. The contest closes on June 15, 2016.

NEH Announces Guidelines for 2016 NDNP Awards - Application Deadline: January 14, 2016

October 27, 2015

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) guidelines for 2016 are now available at The deadline for submitting proposals is January 14, 2016.

NEH is soliciting proposals from institutions to participate in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP is creating a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, from all the states and U.S. territories. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and will be freely accessible via the Internet. (See the website, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.) An accompanying national newspaper directory of bibliographic and holdings information on the website directs users to newspaper titles available in all types of formats. During the course of its partnership with NEH, LC will also digitize and contribute to the NDNP database a significant number of newspaper pages drawn from its own collections.

NEH intends to support projects in all states and U.S. territories, provided that sufficient funds allocated for this purpose are available. One organization within each U.S. state or territory will receive an award to collaborate with relevant state partners in this effort. Previously funded projects will be eligible to receive supplements for continued work, but the program will give priority to new projects. In particular, the program will give priority to projects from states and territories that have not received NDNP funding.

For more program information, please visit the NEH's program page at or for technical information, visit the LC site at

Last Updated: 07/11/2016