About the NJDNP

Paterson Evening News building

Paterson Evening News building – Paterson, NJ

The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project (NJDNP) is a collaboration of the Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives and the New Jersey State Library. It draws upon the strengths of these three institutions. Rutgers will manage the project and provide all technical support. The New Jersey State Archives houses nearly 600 newspaper titles in microfilm and will provide digital masters and use copies for all papers to be digitized as well as manage the creation of duplicate masters. The New Jersey State Library will lead the documentation and outreach about the titles selected. At least 100,000 pages will be digitized and cataloged to specifications within the two year project time frame. We hope you follow the project’s progression with interest. Feel free to comment on our posts and provide feedback via the contact form on the tool bar. You can also subscribe to the blog by entering your email in the “Subscribe to NJDNP!” section in the left sidebar.

This project is funded by a grant for the National Digital Newspaper Program, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

Recent Posts

  • Press Release: Three Newspapers Selected for Digitization - The Library of Congress has approved the New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project’s selection of three historical New Jersey newspapers for the National Digital Newspaper Program. Through a collaboration between Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives, and the New Jersey State Library, microfilm of these newspapers from the New Jersey State Archives will be scanned and made publicly available on the Library of Congress website Chronicling America. The three selected papers provide news from ...
  • Project Update: February 6, 2017 - The new year has brought exciting progress to the New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project. A dedicated office for the Project has been established in Alexander Library on the Rutgers–New Brunswick campus. This space can comfortably accommodate three people and houses a computer and microfilm reader, essential for any microfilm-based project! Additionally, the room contains the remaining critical equipment which will be needed throughout the project: film reel arms, a light box, densitometer, jeweler’s loupe, a ...
  • Project Update: December 1, 2016 - The presses keep churning for the New Jersey Digital Newspaper project. Since their September 7 meeting the Advisory Board has further assessed the 29 newspapers titles they initially selected. They completed a survey prioritizing these titles so an in-depth evaluation of the related microfilm could begin. Project team members spent several days at the New Jersey State Archives reviewing microfilm to get a sense of the quality of the images and newspapers, estimate page counts ...
  • A Brief History of New Jersey Newspapers - New Jersey was the last of the original thirteen colonies to publish its own newspapers. As a small colony sandwiched between the thriving cities of New York and Philadelphia, it relied on out-of-state newspapers to discover what was happening in the colonies and Great Britain, but learned little about local events beyond word of mouth. The lack of newspaper coverage for the early colonial days has been felt by historians. The State of New Jersey ...
  • Advisory Board and Newspaper Selection - One of the most important milestones of the NJDNP is the selection of newspapers to be digitized (100,000 pages in this first grant round). We are fortunate to have access to approximately 450 titles originally microfilmed in the 1980s and 1990s as part of the National Newspaper Project, also funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). These titles were microfilmed using stringent technical guidelines which will be critical to the success of this ...
  • Reread all about it: Garden State gets federal grant to digitizes decades of N.J. newspapers - Rutgers University will digitize thousands of old New Jersey newspapers over the next two years as part of a national program to make vintage broadsheets available online. Read the whole story on Newsworks!
  • NJDNP Featured on NJ.com - NJ.com ran a story about the New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project on August 18. It is available here. Enjoy!
  • New Jersey Among 2016 National Digital Newspaper Grant Awardees - On August 11, 2016 the National Endowment for the Humanities announced the addition of four new partners to the National Digital Newspaper Program - New Jersey, Colorado, Maine and Alaska. Rutgers University Libraries, the State Library of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Archives will collaborate on selecting and digitizing which New Jersey newspapers will be part of this effort. Click here for the full announcement.
  • NJDNP Press Release - Rutgers University Libraries issued a press release on August 18, 2016 announcing the New Jersey Digital Newspaper grant and collaboration among Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives and the New Jersey State Library. Click on the link below to view the entire press release. NJDNP Press Release