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Libraries Receive $311,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Posted: August 7, 2014

The UNLV University Libraries have just been awarded a large, multi-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The two-year $311,000 grant is awarded for the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.  The grant will allow the University Libraries to digitize and make public selected historic Nevada newspapers. The digitized content will be hosted and freely available on the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America Website (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). 

This grant represents a statewide collaboration. While the UNLV University Libraries will serve as the lead institution, partners in the grant include the Nevada State Library and Archives and the University of Nevada, Reno Knowledge Center. A diverse panel of experts and scholars from around the state will serve on a Newspaper Selection Advisory Board, providing guidance for newspaper titles to be digitized.  Dean of University Libraries Patricia Iannuzzi notes, “Newspapers represent a priceless trove of information, documenting the peoples, places, and events which have collectively woven the rich tapestry of Nevada history.  Historic newspapers are very popular with both the research community as well as lifelong learners curious about the state’s history.  When library faculty member Jason Vaughan originally approached me about this project, I knew immediately it was the right thing to do!  Nevada's history, as told through its newspapers, deserves to be preserved, but doing so requires leadership and commitment from many partners across the state. The coordination required to complete this project is a testament to the passion we share for Nevada history.  I am pleased that the Digital Collections experts at the UNLV Libraries will be leading this project to digitize and publish tens of thousands of pages of historical Nevada newspapers."

More information on the University Libraries is available at https://www.library.unlv.edu/.