A milestone reached!

A milestone reached!

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In 2016, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas University libraries were awarded a two-year grant, which is a continuation of funding for the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project an extension of the National Digital Newspaper Program sponsored by the NEH and the Library of Congress.

Since then, the NVDNP has made enormous strides in their efforts to simplify public access to  Nevada newspapers via the free historic repository Chronicling America, the national digital resource of historic newspapers.

Just this year in November 2017, the NVDNP is celebrating the acceptance of “Batch Manhattan” by the Library of Congress.  Since, the NVDNP is committed to safeguard the information, stories and the history documented in Nevada newspapers for future generations, having Batch Manhattan accepted by the Library of Congress is an immense  achievement for the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project.

Batch Manhattan comprises of two Nevada newspapers:

  • Daily Independent  (1892-1898 ;1913)
  • The weekly Elko Independent (1875-1877)

Contained in 9 reels there are 10,395 pages of the two Nevada newspapers that were digitized, published and are now publicly available in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America database for  online use. This batch, which has just been received and accepted by the Library of Congress and is already available for browsing and searching through the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America database for FREE.

This is the first batch out of 10 to be uploaded to Chronicling America. By the end of January 2018 we are expecting another set of 20,000 historic pages to go live on Chronicling America. By the end of August 2018 our contribution will total 100,000 new pages available for research.

 

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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.

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.