UPDATE: 100,000 Pages!

Greetings, all,

The Alaska Digital Newspaper Project has reached an important milestone!
We completed production for the 2016-2018 cycle. As of this week, Alaska has compiled over 100,000 pages of newspaper metadata.

None of this would have been possible without our Newspaper Advisory Committee:

  • Chris Allan, Historian of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, National Park Service, Fairbanks.
  • Jo Antonson, Alaska State Historian of the Office of History and Archaelogy, Anchorage.
  • Michael Blackwell, Consulting Geological Engineer and historical researcher from the Gastineau Historical Society, Juneau.
  • Christie Burke, Archivist at the Tuzzy Consortium Library, Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow).
  • Michael Carey, Editorial Columnist and former editorial page editor for the Alaska Dispatch News (formerly the Anchorage Daily News).
  • James Brooks, State Reporter for the Juneau Empire, Juneau.
  • Esther Ilusik, Southwest Region Schools Director of Yup’ik Studies, Dillingham.
  • Rebecca Moorman, Head of Technical Services at the University of Alaska, Anchorage Consortium Library.
  • David Noon, Associate Professor of History, University of Alaska Southeast.
  • Barbara Thompson, Second Vice Chair of the Alaska State Board of Education.
  • Marjorie Thompson, Digital Photographic Services Manager, Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
  • Jennifer Ward, MLIS, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, Outreach Services Librarian, Egan Library.

What Happens Next:

Although we have reached our 100,000 page goal, production continues on the AK National Digital Newspaper Program (aka Alaska’s Digital Newspaper Project) so we can complete the last batch of the Nome Nugget up to 1923. That will give Alaska over 103,000 pages on Chronicling America.

We are in the process of re-shooting the Nome Nugget from 1913-1924. Since we found the microfilm in poor condition, we are replacing it using print volumes on hand. The print volumes originally came to the State Library via the Library of Congress.

We applied for another cycle and expect to hear back from the National Endowment for the Humanities regarding funding for the 2018-2020 cycle in August.

Newspaper titles from the last 6 batches submitted will soon be steadily appearing on Chronicling America. Titles from the last 6 batches currently pending approval:

  • Nome Nugget (and its many title variations)
  • Daily Morning Alaskan (Skagway)
  • Seward Gateway
  • Cordova Daily Times
  • The Alaska Citizen (Fairbanks)

To see titles currently available online, visit the Alaska Newspapers page on Chronicling America


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