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August 23, 2013

Chad Williams
Oklahoma Historical Society405-522-5207

NEH Awards Newspaper Grant to the Oklahoma Historical Society

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a third grant of $300,000 to the Oklahoma Historical Society to develop an internet-based, searchable database of newspapers from Oklahoma. According to Chad Williams, director of the Research Division,  the OHS has placed more than 200,000 newspaper pages on the internet with the earlier NEH grants.  “This rich digital resource will be maintained permanently  at the Library of Congress,” said Williams. “These titles reflect the state’s political, cultural, and economic history from the 1850s to the 1920s.”

The OHS is also digitizing all other pre-1923 Oklahoma newspapers with a grant funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.  Currently there are 681,474 Oklahoma newspaper pages available for viewing on the Gateway to Oklahoma History website.  When completed, the two grant projects will allow the OHS to provide word-searchable free access to all pre-1923 Oklahoma newspapers in the collections of the OHS.  The newspapers are word searchable and available at http://gateway.okhistory.org/ and http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

For more information contact Chad Williams at chadw@okhistory.org

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