Check Out the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection. Money to Help With Colorado Newspaper Digitization is Available.

The Colorado Virtual Library contains many items of interest to genealogists. One of those is the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection. The collection is currently made up of “more than 1 million digitized pages, representing more than 230 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado primarily from 1859 through 1922. Due to copyright restrictions, the CHNC does not always include newspapers published after 1922, but the CHNC can digitize beyond 1922 if publisher permission can be secured.”

I’ve used the collection to find all kinds of fascinating articles about my family, who lived there from the early 1880s.

According to an announcement just published, funding is available to help get more newspapers digitized and online. The following excerpt is from that article – posted February 2 at the coloradovirtuallibrary.org website.

Program funding will be awarded for the digitization of newspapers on microfilm or in original format; the processing of digital files including segmentation of pages into articles, advertisements and illustrations; the creation of metadata; OCR transcription of newspaper text and inclusion in the CHNC online database. Support awards can only be used to cover the cost of digitizing newspaper pages for inclusion in the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, and will be applied by the Colorado State Library to support the actual digitization process through their chosen vendor partners.

In Spring of 2018, CHNC will award $15,000 in support for newspaper digitization projects. Institutions can apply for a maximum of $3,000 of support and a minimum of $1,500 towards the digitization of newspapers for inclusion in the CHNC. All support awards require a 25% cash match. The cash match needs to be provided to CHNC by June 30, 2018. The amount of funding requested by applicants will determine how many projects will be funded.

Read the article. Many thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads up.

Check out the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection and search for your family.

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