In order to increase access to older newspapers, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress have announced that six institutions have received more than $1.9 million in grants in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). This program is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers that are now in the public domain. The six institutions are (along with their grant amounts):
- University of California, Riverside, $400,000
- University of Florida Libraries, Gainesville, $320,959
- University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington, $310,000
- New York Public Library, New York City, $351,500
- University of Utah, Salt Lake City, $352,693
- Library of Virginia, Richmond, $201,226
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said, "We hope the National Digital Newspaper Program inspires other institutions to make their public domain newspapers accessible online." That's a nice sentiment, but I hope those "other institutions" have the money to make his dream a reality.