The second cycle of Nevada Newspaper Digitization Project begins!

UNLV Libraries is pleased to announce the renewal of the NDNP grant which allows the UNLV Libraries to participate in a second cycle of the Newspaper Digitization Project!

The first cycle (2014-2016) was successfully completed in August 2016 and the goal of 100 000 digitized pages of local newspapers was exceeded.

The NDNP staff is eager to continue digitizing Nevada newspapers and contributing to the ultimate project goal for providing free access to historic materials that support future research. The expected goal for the second cycle (2016-2018) is another batch of 100 000 pages. Currently the Project Advisory Board is performing a title selection.

Please visit the Chronicling America website to browse the digitized newspapers from the state of Nevada.

Poem of the day: “EVOLUTION.”

April is National Poetry Month! So to celebrate NVDNP will be posting poems that were featured in Nevada Newspapers. This poem was printed in the Tonopah Daily Bonanza April 13th, 1909 – VOL. V. NO. 145 paper. As a response to an inquiry by a newspaper subscriber, the editor did not know who the author was, and even believed that this poem had never appeared in print before 1909. Given the time period it would appear to be so, however, with the power of the internet and Chronicling America, we find that it has been printed in other papers. Unfortunately, the reason behind it being reprinted so widely is due to the author’s death.

Langdon Smith died on April 8, 1908. He was a war correspondent, and writer for the New York  Herald. “Evolution” was the only poem he ever wrote. He married Marie Antoinette Wright on February 12, 1884. He started writing the poem in 1895, and around 1899 – 1905 it was first published in the New York Journal. Sadly, two months after his death, his wife committed suicide in their home in Brooklyn, NY. This was her second attempt.

In his preface to Mr. Smith’s book, Lewis Allen Browne writes: “Their lives and affections linked as they were, in his poetic fancy at least, since the beginning of time seem to have created between them in reality a bond too close to survive a parting.”

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Votes For Women

 

This month is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate women we will be compiling different articles found in Nevada newspapers of women who have changed the lives of those around them.

This is from the Pioche Record August 31, 1912.  This serves as a reminder of the rights that women had to and continue to fight for.

Votes For Women Help Win The Fight For Equal Suffrage In Nevada: A Few Leading Questions.

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Valentine’s Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day (this Sunday), we’ve compiled a few lovely articles about the holiday. Did you know people used to rude letters and caricatures of people they didn’t like? Read about the Valentine’s Day traditions from 1910 and even recount the day from the seventeenth century in a letter from a young lady to her friend.

Want more Valentine’s Day content from Chronicling America? The National Endowment for Humanities has a feature about the emergence of Valentine’s Day as a holiday and a business opportunity using articles found in Chronicling America: http://www.neh.gov/divisions/preservation/featured-project/love-and-commerce