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August 11, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

From the archives to digitized: Historic Vermont newspapers get new lease on life online

Story originally appeared on vtdigger.org on July 28 and was written by Taylor Dobbs.

The Vermont Digital Newspaper Project last week added its first batch of digitized newspaper pages to a national database dedicated to providing searchable digital copies of historic newspapers from all over the nation.

Tom McMurdo, the project librarian for the state effort, said there are currently 25 states involved in the National Digital Newspaper Project along with Washington, D.C. Vermont’s addition last week added the database’s oldest available pages, some from 1836, the earliest year within Vermont’s range of funding.

The $391,552 for the Vermont project comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and stipulates that the project must digitize 100,000 pages of Vermont newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. The earliest page available from anywhere in the nation, from Jan. 5, 1836, is from The Rutland Herald. It features a follow-up story on New York’s Great Fire of December 1835. [link to full story]

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