National Digital Newspaper Program

Deadline: 1/14/2021

Amount: $325,000 max



The purpose of this program is to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, from all the states and U.S. territories. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress and will be freely accessible via the internet. For the purposes of this program, the Library of Congress has defined a newspaper as a serial publication, appearing usually at least weekly, that serves as the primary source of information on current events of general interest.

Applicants seeking their first, second, or third NDNP awards should develop selection criteria with the following principles in mind:

  1. Titles should reflect the political, economic, and cultural history of the state or territory.
  2. Preference should be given to titles that are recognized as “papers of record” at the state or county level and that contain published legal notices, news of state and regional governmental affairs, and announcements of community news and events.
  3. Selected titles should provide state, or at least multi-county, coverage of the majority of the population areas.
  4. Newspapers with a broad chronological span are preferred to those with short runs or those that published sporadically.

Eligible applicants:

Private institutions of higher education

Special district governments

Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

County governments

City or township governments

State governments