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Digitization of Tennessee Newspapers Continues

Teeter and RoessnerA National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant funding the Tennessee Digital Newspaper Project (TDNP) has been extended for two more years.  The goal of the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) project, which began in 2011, is to digitize more than 100,000 pages of Tennessee’s microfilmed newspapers dating from 1836 to 1922. 

The latest NEH grant involves Journalism and Electronic Media faculty members Professor Dwight Teeter and Assistant Professor Amber Roessner.  “Our charge is to provide brief overviews about the groups of material for TDNP,” said Teeter.  “These briefs are to help researchers and users of the archives find information quickly.” 

Newspapers already added to the Library of Congress archives can be searched by year and newspaper (see http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov).  According to the UT Libraries website, “Historical Tennessee newspapers lend real voices to pivotal events in the history of our state and the nation. Digitizing these newspapers will breathe life into political, commercial, religious and social events of the time.”

Looking through the newspapers for coverage of topics such as Civil War battles or the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial can bring historical events into focus.  Making this information readily accessible through the Internet increases the reach of these valuable documents.