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We are excited to announce that we have uploaded the first batches of Massachusetts newspapers from our partner, Boston Public Library, to Chronicling America! With these contributions, Chronicling America now extends back to 1770. We will continue to add more content in the coming months.Titles and date ranges currently available:Lancaster gazette (Lancaster, MA): March 4, 1828 to April 13, 1830The Massachusetts spy (Boston, MA): August 23, 1770 to September 24, 1772The Massachusetts spy, or, Thomas�s Boston journal (Boston, MA): October 8, 1772 to December 29, 1774Thomas�s Massachusetts spy, or, Worcester gazette (Worcester, MA): March 7, 1821 to May 16, 1821The Massachusetts spy (Worcester, MA): May 23, 1821 to September 3, 1823The Daily spy (Worcester, MA): June 28, 1848 to September 18, 1850Worcester daily spy (Worcester, MA): September 19, 1850 to December 31, 1853; January 1, 1858 to December 31, 1863The guardian (Boston, MA): January 3, 1948 to April 20, 1957Explore the newspapers here.
You are welcome to attend the webinar "Using Chronicling America for Historical Research: The Atlanta Campaign of the United States Civil War" on May 10, 2023 from 6:00-7:00pm EDT.Learn how to use our digitized newspaper collection to conduct historical research, with a special focus on the American Civil War. Join Henry Carter (Library of Congress) and Donald Summerlin (University of Georgia Libraries) to learn how to research military history in Chronicling America, a free digital collection of over 20 million pages from American newspapers published between 1770 and 1963. The presenters will discuss the collection, the search interface, and how to navigate the challenges of working with historic newspapers. The presentation will specifically focus on researching the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War, but the search techniques can be applied to broader military history research. Chronicling America is jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you encounter problems with your registration, please contact [email protected] requiring ADA accommodations are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected] presentation will be recorded.Click for more information and to register.
Join the Library of Congress for our final online research sprint with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) for their History Unfolded project on May 24, 2023, 6:00-8:00 PM EDT (US and Canada). Search the Library�s historic American newspaper collection, Chronicling America, to find out what people knew and how they reacted to the events leading up to and during the Holocaust.Staff from the Library of Congress will present the Library�s historic newspaper archive, Chronicling America, and demonstrate how to use the advanced search functions. Staff from USHMM will introduce the History Unfolded project, which investigates U.S. press coverage of several Holocaust-related events. They will instruct participants on how to submit relevant newspaper articles to the History Unfolded database. Following the presentations there will be time to conduct your own research and upload findings to History Unfolded.Request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected] here for more information and to register for the webinar.
News from the Library of CongressAda Lim�n to Reveal Poem for NASA Europa, Film Festival Lineup of of Rare Cinema and Special Guests Released,? Library Awards More than $200,000 to Five Projects Highlighting Uses of Digital Collections? and More AdaHeadshotAda Lim�n to Reveal Poem for NASA Europa Clipper Mission During Live at the Library in JuneDuring Live at the Library in June, U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Lim�n � recently reappointed for a historic two-year term � will unveil her original poem written for the NASA Europa Clipper mission. Plus, celebrations for the Juneteenth holiday will honor African American folk music and photography. Celebrate Pride with a concert saluting Billy Strayhorn on June 8, and view a display of LGBTQ+ collection items in the Great Hall.Learn more.CCDIConnecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Next Round of Award Opportunities for Libraries, Archives, Museums, Higher Education and Artists/Scholars in ResidenceIndividuals and educational and cultural institutions who seek to imaginatively remix and reuse the Library of Congress' digital collections and create projects centering one or more of the following groups, Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander and/or other communities of color � are invited to apply to award opportunities through the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative.Learn more.filmandsoundLibrary of Congress Festival of Film and Sound Announces Full Lineup of Rare Cinema and Special GuestsThe Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center is announcing the full lineup of rare cinema and special guests to be featured at the inaugural Library of Congress Festival of Film and Sound.? The new four-day film festival will be held June 15-18 in association with the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center at the American Film Institute's beautifully restored 1938 art deco theater in Silver Spring, Maryland.Learn more.newsroomLibrary Awards More than $200,000 to Five Projects Highlighting Uses of Digital CollectionsThe Library of Congress announced that five awards, totaling more than $200,000, have been awarded from the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative through a program available to Libraries, Archives, Museums and Higher Education institutions. The 2023 awardees will use these funds to create projects that offer creative approaches to the Library's digital collections and center Black, Indigenous, and Latino or Hispanic studies.Learn more.Library Completes Digitization of Yongle Encyclopedia, Largest Reference Work of Pre-Modern EraThe Library of Congress has completed a yearslong effort to digitize the Yongle Encyclopedia (Yongle dadian ????), the largest reference work created in pre-modern China, and possibly the world. Digital publication of the 41 volumes held in the Library's collections provides open access to one of the most extensive attempts in world history to capture the entirety of human knowledge in book form.Learn more.
The webinar recording for "Using Chronicling America for Historical Research: The Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War" is now available.Join the Library of Congress in exploring historical events, such as those in the American Civil War, using� Chronicling America, a free digital collection of over 20 million pages from American newspapers published between 1770 and 1963. The talk demonstrates search strategies for names, places, and events in this vast collection. The methods can also be used to research general military history and other events.Click here for more information.A contemporary newspaper map of the city of Atlanta in 1864 showing the location of some fortifications
Join Library of Congress Reference Librarian Amber Paranick and Digital Conversion Specialist Mike Saelee to learn how to search for primary source materials in Chronicling America, a free digital collection of over 20 million pages from American newspapers published between 1770 and 1963 for National History Day research. The presentation will cater to this year’s theme, "Turning Points in History," and will discuss the collection, its search interface, how to navigate the challenges of working with historic newspapers, and additional resources to assist students and educators. Chronicling America is jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.This presentation will be hosted live on September 6, 2023 from 1:00-1:35pm EDT and will be recorded for later viewing. For those unable to attend this program at the time, the recording will be available for viewing afterward at the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room's� Event Webinars collection.Individuals requiring ADA accommodations should submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected] register for the event.
Photograph of author Kerri Arsenault a white woman with brown hair wearing a black shirt beside text advertising the webinar.The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress and invites you to attend the webinar on September 20, 2023 at 4:00PM ET "Can Historical Newspapers be an Antidote to the Environmental Crisis?" in which author Kerri Arsenault considers how our environmental crisis is tethered to an aesthetic and rhetorical crisis. So many institutions grant the public “free” access to archives, but what if—as an ordinary citizen—you can’t even find the door? This talk will consider barriers to information, how such obstacles may exacerbate the environmental crisis, and what newspapers can do that many resources cannot to help unlock knowledge for those who need it most.Kerri Arsenault� is a literary critic, co-director of The Environmental Storytelling Studio at Brown University, contributing editor at Orion magazine, and author of Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains (2020), which won the Rachel Carson Environmental Book Award (2021) and the Maine Literary Award for Nonfiction (2021) and was a finalist for the Connecticut Humanities Book Award for Nonfiction (2021). Recently, she was a Democracy Fellow at Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History and a fellow at the Science History Institute. Her writing has been published in the Boston Globe, the Paris Review, the New York Review of Books, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.Click to register for the event.
In case you missed it, the video recording from the September 6 webinar "Chronicling America 'Turning Points in History'" is available.Join Library of Congress Reference Librarian Amber Paranick and Digital Conversion Specialist Mike Saelee to learn how to search for primary source materials in Chronicling America, a free digital collection of over 20 million pages from American newspapers published between 1770 and 1963 for National History Day research. The presentation caters to this year’s theme, "Turning Points in History," and will discuss the collection, its search interface, how to navigate the challenges of working with historic newspapers, and additional resources to assist students and educators. Chronicling America is jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.Newspaper article with the headline Harry S. Truman Selects Six Great Turning Points in American History
The 2024 Junior Fellows Program (JFP) is accepting applications now through Monday, November 27, 2023. JFP 2024 is a paid internship offering remote and onsite projects for many different majors and interests.OpportunityThe Junior Fellows Program is a paid, full-time summer internship that enables the next generation of diverse cultural institution professionals to experience and interpret the collections, events, and services of the world's largest, all-inclusive library. Projects increase access to Library of Congress collections and promote awareness of the Library's resources to Congress and people in communities across America. With guidance from mentors, Junior Fellows produce products that position the Library as a dynamic center for fostering innovation, sparking creativity, and building lifelong connections. Program Dates and ScheduleJFP24 starts on Monday, May 20 and ends on Friday, July 26, 2024. Junior Fellows work 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday.EligibilityCurrently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students from all majors, and recent graduates between January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023 are eligible to apply. How to Apply Download the JFP How to Apply This brochure provides step-by-step advice for preparing and submitting an application. Read the full description of JFP 2024 on the Library’s� Internships and Fellowships Opportunities Review remote and/or onsite project offerings and follow the links to USAJOBS to apply.Connect with JFP Visit the JFP Overview page on loc.gov for intern portfolio content, including capstone Display Day videos. Subscribe to the� Of the People� blog, an active platform for intern spotlights, program resources, and new ways to use Library collections.Researching the Black Press in Chronicling America (Remote)Project Description:� In this project, the Junior Fellow will learn how to research the Black Press in America in the 19th and early 20th centuries using primary and secondary sources and write newspaper history essays to provide context to users of Chronicling America under the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). This project seeks to expand collection access and context for many of the individual newspaper titles digitized in a 2021-2023 project. The incumbent will create up to ten well-researched newspaper history essays up to 500 words long, representing significant titles or groups of titles from this collection, providing additional context to the content in the newspapers, the community they served, and the publishers and editors who created the newspapers. Americans will benefit from this project by gaining a deeper of the Black Press and its impact.Knowledge and skills required:� Ability to perform research in historic primary resources. Ability to research and write concise, well-written essays for public consumption. Knowledge of 19th and early 20th century African American History, including people, events, and places. Familiarity in using digital collections repositories or databases, or digitized materials.Knowledge and skills preferred:� Ability to perform research in historic newspapers. Familiarity with the American Black Press in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The� Library of Congress� is� excited to announce� that the Chronicling America Historic Newspapers website is in the process of transitioning from the legacy� Chronicling America� interface to a new� Chronicling America� interface and back-end search infrastructure.� In Spring 2024, visitors going to� chroniclingamerica.loc.gov� will be re-directed to the� new Chronicling America website, which will continue to provide free access to historic digitized newspapers. The exact date will be announced in the coming months on the new� Chronicling America Website Migration� page, on the� Chronicling America Historical Newspapers email list, and also added to the home pages on both versions of the Chronicling America website. The current version of the website will be officially sunset later in 2024.Users are encouraged to begin using the� new Chronicling America website� for research. A� Research Guide on using Chronicling America� in the new environment is available.� In the new system, the digitized newspapers will become part of a larger Library of Congress digital collections framework that recently received major upgrades to accommodate future growth and expansion of the collection. New website features include faceted browse options (refine searches by ethnicity, location, subject, language, etc.), improved image viewing, improved Advanced Search options, and more. The new interface also allows users to browse� digitized titles� in a� map. Uploads to the new interface are now automated so you may notice that there are more pages available in the new interface than the� longstanding version of� Chronicling America.� As part of the updates, the� United States Newspaper Directory 1690-Present� has also been migrated into a separate searchable collection. Users can access the new� Directory of U.S. Newspapers in American Libraries, which is a searchable index of newspapers published in the United States since 1690. This directory can help identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access them. For a detailed overview of the Directory, search tips, and FAQs, please consult the� Directory of U.S. Newspapers in American Libraries: A Guide for Researchers.� � Digital Humanities scholars and researchers who access the collection via computational methods will continue to have access to bulk OCR but should transition to using the Loc.Gov API at� loc.gov/apis. Bulk OCR downloads can be accessed from the longstanding� OCR Data page� until further notice when a new "Datasets" page will be made available on the new site.Chronicling America was originally launched in 2007 and later updated to the current version of the website in 2011. Since that time, the site saw the growth of the collection to include over 21 million newspaper pages from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). Co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), NDNP continues to award funds to cultural heritage institutions around the United States to participate in the program.Please send feedback about the new website to� [email protected]� and subscribe to the� Chronicling America Historical Newspapers email list� for more updates.
As we announced last week, Chronicling America is in the process of transitioning from the legacy Chronicling America interface to a new Chronicling America interface and back-end search infrastructure. Read more about it.Through its enhanced search interface, the� new Chronicling America offers more options to search the collection than the old Chronicling America.In the old Chronicling America interface, the simple search is on the home page.� On the new Chronicling America interface, the simple search is available at the top of every page within this digital collection. Note "This Collection" is automatically populated in the top search bar on the "About this Collection" page.� To access the Advanced Search, on the old interface, click on the "Advanced Search" tab. In this tab, you can refine your search by state, title, years or date range, language, and by doing multiple types of keyword searches.� To access the new Advanced Search, click on the "Collection Items" tab and click the "plus" button next to "Advanced Search."� After the Advanced Search is expanded, you can search by title, issue, or page. Select "Pages" to search within the full text of the collection's newspapers and to filter by language. You can still do multiple types of keyword searches and narrow your search by State/Province, County, City, and Title. For example, if you want to search only Arkansas titles, select "Arkansas" from the "State/Province" drop-down menu and only Arkansas titles will appear in the "Title" field. You can also narrow the new advanced search by ethnicity, such as African American, German, or Polish, and narrow your search by date.� Once you hit "Search," you can further narrow your results using the facets on the left sidebar, for example, by title, date, county, or ethnicity. This is a new feature that the old interface was not able to do.� Try out a search in the new Chronicling America interface today!� The Chronicling America� historic newspapers online collection is a product of the� National Digital Newspapers Program� and jointly sponsored by the Library and the� National Endowment for the Humanities.