The National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio, a part of the National Digital Newspaper Program developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, will enable the Ohio Historical Society to digitize 100,000 additional Ohio newspaper pages published from 1845 to 1894. These pages will join the 14 papers—over 100,000 Ohio newspaper pages published between 1880 and 1922—that are already available on Chronicling America through the project’s first phase. This is welcome news to blurry-eyed researchers and genealogists who scour old microfilm in search of clues to history’s mysteries and family histories.
“Ohioans who reside in Geauga County can be very proud that issues from the Chardon Jeffersonian Democrat have been selected for inclusion within the database Chronicling America, an electronic source established and maintained by the Library of Congress and accessible via the Internet,” said Brian Brennan, assistant university for Youngstown State University.
In addition to issues of the Jeffersonian Democrat from 1859 to 1865, the selected publications include: Perrysburg Journal from Perrysburg, (1854-1880); Fremont Journal from Fremont (1853-1875); Cleveland Leader from Cleveland (1858-1866); Anti-Slavery Bugle from New-Lisbon & Salem (1845-1861); Daily Ohio Statesman from Columbus (1861-1868); Dayton Daily Empire from Dayton (1859-1867); Highland Weekly News from Hillsboro (1857-1886); Gallipolis Journal from Gallipolis (1850-1880); Belmont Chronicle from St. Clairsville (1853-1894); and many more. For a full listing, visit www.chroniclingamerica.org/newspapers/ohio.
“The newspaper of record for Geauga County, the newspaper serves as a useful gauge to Democratic partisan sentiment in Northeastern Ohio during the years just prior to and including the Civil War,” he said. “Those interested in this timeframe in Ohio (and U.S.) history will find the Chardon Jeffersonian Democrat highly useful in their research.”
The Jeffersonian Democrat is available at: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84028083/issues/.
Looking to the Future
“Thanks to a $334,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities last year, the Ohio Historical Society has been able to continue its efforts to digitize a select number of historical Ohio newspapers,” said Angela O’Neal, director for Collections Services at the Ohio Historical Society. “We are helping to create a national, online, keyword-searchable resource.”
According to O’Neal, both phases of the project have been limited to a small number of papers selected from 10 regions across the state by an advisory group of 18 librarians, archivists, curators, historians, educators and journalists. “This phase will add 26 more papers to Chronicling America,” O’Neal said. “With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we’ve chosen publications from before, during and after the war to provide greater access to researchers on this important time period in Ohio’s history.”
For more information about the National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio, contact Jenni Salamon at 614.297.2579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archived Newspapers Available at Ohio History Center
The Ohio Historical Society’s Archives/Library at the Ohio History Center in Columbus contains the largest collection of Ohio newspapers in existence. The newspaper holdings contain newspapers published from 1793 to present, 4,500 titles, 20,000 volumes, and over 50,000 rolls of microfilm of Ohio titles. Much of the microfilm in the Society’s newspaper collection was created in 1971 as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities initiative called the United States Newspaper Program. Since then, the information published in the thousands of deteriorating wood-pulp newspaper volumes in the society’s collections has been transferred to more than 16,000 rolls of master negative microfilm. The National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio builds upon this earlier effort.
ABOUT THE OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio Historical Society provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history. The Society has about 1.6 million items in its collections throughout its 50+ sites and museums and within its 283,000-square-feet Ohio History Center at 800 E 17th Ave. (Exit 111 off Highway I-71), Columbus, Ohio, 43211. The Society receives a portion of its funding from the state, but relies on admission fees, memberships, grants, donations and other forms of revenue to continue to serve Ohioans in the future. For information regarding the Society, contact Jane M. Mason, Director of Communications, Ohio Historical Society: 614.297.2312, email@example.com.