Friday, July 19, 2013

Digitized newspapers provide source for Humanities article

UK Libraries digital newspaper content was utilized extensively for a recent article in the NEH journal Humanities.  Marianne C. Walker’s article, “The Late Governor Goebel: He fought, killed, and was killed.” tells the story of Kentucky’s only governor to be assassinated.  

 NEH shared with readers that, “More than six million pages of historic newspapers from 1836 to 1922 have been digitized through Chronicling America, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. Thirty-two states are represented by state digitization projects, including Kentucky. In 2005, UK received the first of three grants, totaling $1.3 million, from NEH to digitize many of the newspapers that Marianne Walker mined for facts about Goebel’s career and assassination, such as the Hartford Herald, the Daily Commonwealth, and the Louisville Courier-Journal.

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