August marked an important update for the Washington State Library, which received $280,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize its historic newspapers. The grant will be used by the library’s Washington Digital Newspaper Project to expand its free public archives to include 100,000 pages from African-American, Asian-American, and World War II-era publications.
“I’m truly grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities, both for their recognition of our achievements in digitizing historic newspapers and for their decision to fund our latest project,” State Librarian Cindy Aden said in a statement. “We’ll be able to bring the firsthand accounts of bygone eras of Washington’s African-American and Asian-American experiences into the consciousness of new generations and add local perspectives to their understanding of what it was like living in our state throughout World War II.”
The National Digital Newspaper Program has received four grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since Washington State Library has been involved with the program, more than 300,000 pages of historic Washington newspapers have been added to the Chronicling America website of the Library of Congress. Here, more than 13 million newspaper pages from across the country are accessible to the public.
“It is a special privilege to be able to continue our work to preserve Washington’s history and make these invaluable accounts available, accessible, and searchable,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in a statement. “I’m very proud of the work our Library staff has done, and I’m looking forward to seeing more thanks to these funds.”