Meet our new project technician!

We are very happy to introduce our new Nevada Digital Newspaper Project Technician!

Her name is Yvonne Wilk and she joined our team in October. Yvonne is a valuable asset to our project as she brings in her passion and devotion to preserve historical materials.

Yvonne is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Science. She has also attended Sorbonne University in Paris and the Universite Laurentienne in Villfranche-Sur-Mer in Nice, France. While studying in France, she acquired a deep appreciation for art and a desire for preserving artifacts of historical value. She is currently in the process of pursuing her other ambition to complete her MLIS degree.

For nearly a decade Yvonne worked in public libraries as an Adult Services and Reference Assistant with the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. She joined the UNLV Libraries Digital Collections in 2017 as the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project Technician. She views the opportunity for digitizing periodicals of historical significance as an enlightening and fascinating journey. It is her chance of a lifetime to work on simplifying public access to materials of such magnitude. She finds immense fulfillment in promoting the use of the free historic repository Chronicling America, and she is honored to be a part of such a notable project.

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Happy Halloween! Boo!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

We collected some spooky and blood-chilling newspaper clippings from Nevada newspapers to make your Halloween extraordinary!

Recently Nevada Digtial Newspaper Project participated in the national #ChronAmParty campaign where all NDNP awardees tweeted #CreepyNews at the same time. This created a pool of exciting thrilling supernatural stories which you can enjoy by following hashtags #CreepyNews and #ChronAmParty on Facebook and Twitter.

You may also enjoy our featured stories from historic Nevada newspapers by jumping directly to Chronicling America using the links below!

  1. Man is warned by spirit voice
  2. Thinks brother is reincarnated
  3. Ghost of suicide meandering through Chinatown
  4. A spirit who revealed the wherebouts of money and letters
  5. The legend of the Sleepy Hollow
  6. Gray ghost haunts So. California roads
  7. A haunted graveyard 
  8. Mysterious voice bids him divorce

Celebrate Nevada Day!

It is much more complicated to celebrate your birthday if you are a U.S State.

Nevada Day is an annual state holiday celebrated on the last Friday of October. It commemorates the statehood of Nevada, which took place on October 31, 1864.

First references of celebrations of Nevada’s admission to the United States were found in a journalist’s diary from 1873. However it wasn’t until 1891, when Governor Roswell Colcord signed a bill making October 31 a judicial holiday that the state of Nevada officially recognized its birthday. Sadly no tradition was in the making between 1891 and 1914, few, if any, communities held observances of Admission Day as Nevada Day was previously referred to. According to Guy Rocha, Nevada historian and keeper of the Silver State’s archives “Nevada was still a young state with highly transient population which may account for the lack of birthday celebrations. Equally as significant was the fact that Admission Day was not an official state holiday.” Seventeen years later and “In October 1908, recently organized State Federation of Women’s Club in Reno passed a resolution calling for a legislative bill to make Admission Day a legal holiday. Sadly, nothing resulted from that initiative. It would take the state another 31 years to recognize Nevada’s birthday as an official holiday.”

One of the more memorable and instrumental Nevada Day celebration in the capital city was held in 1938, the second of course was held year later in 1939 observing the “Diamond Jubilee” celebrating the state’s 75th birthday. These two consecutive celebrations along with a bill that was also passed in 1939 designating Nevada Day an official holiday, secured the tradition of Celebrating Nevada Day.

NVDNP targets academic researchers!

Last week the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project participated in a table event during the UNLV Research Week. The attendees were UNLV students and faculty, and independent researchers.

It was an excellent opportunity for promotion of the project as the event coincided with the recent accomplishment of digitizing a full run of newspapers from Elko, NV (1869-1921).

The project staff seized the chance  to talk to people and to promote the free historic newspaper database Chronicling America. Many flyers, handouts and bookmarks were given to attendees as well.

We had cupcakes, too!

You can see some of the materials from the event (posters and handouts) in the website section Resources.

Project milestone reached (Fall 2017)

   

We are so excited to announce the great news – the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project has reached a milestone earlier in October!

This milestone completes the first phase of the project: 30% of content was digitized and shipped to the Library of Congress for addition to Chronicling America!

The 30% mark equals to 3 batches and represents 30,510 digitized historic pages.

All newspaper titles digitized and included in the first 3 batches are from the Elko Independent group. It took us 20 days of microfilm prep work, 67 days of collation, 81 days of quality and OCR review and countless days of troubleshooting and collaborating with partners and vendors to have all 4 Elko titles digitized:

  • Elko Independent (1869-1871)
  • Weekly Elko Independent (1872-1887)
  • Daily Independent (1885-1915)
  • Weekly Independent (1887-1914)
  • Elko Independent (1915-1921)

The title changes over the years may seem confusing at first and often people get perplexed and think these are completely different newspapers, so we created a graphic that visualizes the title changes for more clarity (more graphics for title changes of other digitized newspapers are available at https://nvdnp.wordpress.com/digitized-newspapers/title-changes).

Now we are entering the second project phase of digitizing another set of 4 batches (40,000 pages) by the end of March 2018. Our focus is on newspapers from Gold Hill, NV and Eureka, NV. These 4 batches are named National, Osceola, Palisade and Quartz Mountain and their progress can be tracked on our Progress Update graphic (it gets updated in the beginning of each month): https://nvdnp.wordpress.com/digitized-newspapers/second-cycle/progress-report/ 

Just like in the previous phase the workflow will have the following sequence: microfilm processing and preparation, collation, digitization, quality review, OCR review, batch validation and shipment to the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress processes and uploads the data to the FREE online repository Chronicling America where users can browse and search in thousands of pages of historic newspapers from 46 US States.