National Digital Newspaper Program
A partnership between the Library & the National Endowment for the Humanities
About the NDNP
The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. An NEH award program will fund the contribution of content from, eventually, all U.S. states and territories.
Learn more about the Library's role in the NDNP
See what states are participating in the program
Guidelines & Resources
Information on technical specifications for NDNP, best practices, publications, technical premises and more.
Read the most recent technical guidelines for applicants (PDF, 417 KB)
Visit Guidelines & Resources for links to Content Selection Criteria, Writing Guidelines, and other useful resources.
meta|morphosis, developed and hosted by the University of Kentucky Libraries (external link), provides self-paced video tutorials, quizzes and other resources about digitization of microfilm to NDNP specifications to help prepare non-NDNP states for inclusion in, and digitization beyond, NDNP.
Go to meta|morphosis (external link)
Newspaper Navigator is an experimental web application from LC Labs that utilizes machine learning techniques to let you search and browse over 1.56 million photographs extracted from the NDNP's Chronicling America online newspaper collection.
Search historic newspaper photos with Newspaper Navigator
Check here for the latest news on NDNP and its website, Chronicling America.
- 03/14/2023: Newspapers from 1770 Now Available in Chronicling America
- 09/20/2022: Chronicling America Celebrates a Major Milesone by Reaching 20 Million Pages
- 09/13/2022: NEH Announces 2022 NDNP Awards adding New Hampshire, the 50th U.S. State to the Program!
- 07/14/2022: Library of Congress Adds New Interactive Map and Timeline to Chronicling America
National Digital Newspaper Program, 2005-2022
Extra! Extra! NDNP Extras!
The following sites provide examples of reusing historic newspapers and directory records in unique ways. Some utilize data mining techniques, harvesting, or individual items.
Last Updated: 03/14/2023