Batch accepted, to be online soon

Dear, friends of Nevada historic newspapers,

We just received word from Library of Congress that batch arrowhead has been accepted! This means the below title/dates will be online via Chronicling America in about 6 weeks.

Yerington Times, Yerington, 1907-1922

Lyon County Times, Silver City, 1906-1907

The Silver State, Unionville, 1875-1880

OVER 10,000 pages in this batch!

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Happy Nevada Day & Hallowe’en

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Today is Nevada turns 155 years old! We were granted statehood October 31, 1864.

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The Watertown weekly leader. [volume] (Watertown, Jefferson County, Wis.), 26 Dec. 1913. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85040721/1913-12-26/ed-1/seq-3/&gt;

Carson City daily appeal. [volume] (Carson City, Nev.), 05 May 1913. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86076241/1913-05-05/ed-1/seq-2/&gt;

Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.), 29 Oct. 1950. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1950-10-29/ed-1/seq-37/&gt;

The Goldfield news and weekly tribune. [volume] (Goldfield, Nev.), 29 March 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85058376/1919-03-29/ed-1/seq-2/&gt;

Quick Video

Last month, September 2019, we made a trip to Washington DC to meet and share with others digitizing historic newspapers via National Endowment for the Arts and Library of Congress. We learned a tremendous amount from each other and ideas for outreach in our communities. I want to share a quick video made by our colleagues in Delaware. It is so good! I hope you find it informative!

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When you love your work… and, Sarah Winnemucca!

In this blog we are going to highlight the work of John Wayne Warren from the Image and Preservation Services Lab of the Nevada State Library. Warren has worked on Nevada’s Chronicling America grant since the first cycle! That means every single Nevada news-issue that is currently, or in process of digitization was originally pulled from the vault by him. He has duplicated over 300,000 newspaper pages for us! Can you believe it!?

The number of images and documents that have run through John’s hands throughout his career cannot be counted (millions upon millions! He says, “A lot of history”). He has assisted in the preservation of documents, maps, pictures …and the list goes on;  all from various places and subjects from mine sites, wildlife, to the Supreme Court!

He feels great satisfaction when images or documents he has handled become open and accessible to the public, stating, “My favorite part of my job is when I see my work get used or published. When someone shows up with a page from microfilm — it makes me feel useful in life.” (He also has a great sense of humor.) When I asked him how he describes his work to people, he said, “It’s like telling a fishing story.  I get excited and feel very proud with a glim in my eye.”

And, out of all these years, he claims that Chronicling America is his favorite project he has worked on. 🙂

John is vital to the success of our project. He also reads the densities in our film and records it pre-digitization (as seen in a picture of us below). Honestly, we could never pull off this project without him!

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I know he loves this project, he is always spreading ‘the word’ through outreach for us – he said he is “proud to be as loud as possible” when he talks about the program.

The National Digital Newspapers Program Nevada staff from UNLV visited the Nevada State Library in June (see a previous blog) and we had a fascinating tour of his work area. The machines in operation are quite impressive, John thinks so too – he can work the format scanner to the film scanner, AND he enjoys it, saying, “It’s just so darn rewarding…the harder it is to get there, the better. “

When I asked him how he prepared for his job, he turned the statement around and claims the job has actually prepared him for an exciting life! “When I started working [here] I had no idea I would be part of anything like this in my life. I stumbled across this line of work and it fit, really well! It gave me the desire to do good. Something to look forward to.”

He is so good at his job! AND, you can tell when someone loves their job because the passion and quality really show in the work product. His work is pristine.

Seriously an inspiration!

When I asked him about the most unique image or item he has worked with (besides Chronicling America) he shared his break to be see the Sarah Winnemucca statue come to life AND he also got the opportunity to hold old pictures that now belong to the family of Sarah Winnemucca! [Of course, wearing preservation gloves] He tells us, “It was so exciting… and to watch the statue come to life in front of our very eyes was amazing. The sculpture was in clay form in the viewing section of our building while [the artist] was creating it.” We agree and are amazed too. (Photo below)

Also, while we are discussing Sarah Winnemucca, do check out the fascinating collection hosted by the Nevada State Library!

 

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Many people involved… Let’s start with Imaging Preservation Services at the State Library!

In an effort to highlight the many people that make our project possible, we are going to take you on a ‘trip’ to the Nevada State Library, Archives, and Public Records of Carson City. This is our source for every newspaper page we digitize.

We had a ‘chat’ with the Imaging and Preservation Services (IPS) supervisor, Heather Hahn, and we learned a lot about this division’s vital service to the State and local government agencies in addition to many educational and cultural agencies (yes, including University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries!).

One of the most interesting tasks handled by the IPS is digitization. The IPS contributes to the preservation of Nevada’s history by creating digital surrogates or copies of historical documents or images.  This digital copy can then be utilized by anyone interested in history, eliminating potential damage to the original.  Digitization also increases access; making documents available to the general public that otherwise only few would be granted the opportunity.

Hahn tells us her favorite part of her position is seeing up close and personal some amazing and inspiring historical documents; and when asked to give us an example, she tells us “… in preparation for the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we digitized the legislation that gave women the right to vote in Nevada.”   Wow. How amazing is that? (We are going to have to check where the digital image is housed… stay tuned…)

And beyond just scanning a document, you may be surprised to learn that they have the capability to scan bound books, newspapers, negatives of any size, slide film, and microfilm/microfiche, etc.  They also provide digital restoration services of historical images, upon request!

SO more about images… We couldn’t resist – – – when considering how many images go through the IPS – we asked, what is the most unique image you have seen?
And voila, (after receiving permission to share), just look at this beautiful picture of Lake Tahoe at sunset!  – Photographer:  Kippy S. Spilker, Art Director of Nevada Magazine!

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“With all the different imaging projects we work on, I come across so many unique and amazing images.  The one that stands out to me, not necessarily because it is unique but breathtaking, is a panoramic aerial photo of Lake Tahoe at sunset… just stunning! It was taken by the Art Director of the Nevada Magazine https://www.nevadamagazine.com/ .”

Isn’t that fascinating?  Now you know more about the Nevada State Library IPS!

We want to highlight our partners up in Carson City more, so ‘stay tuned’ for more! Thanks to the Nevada State Library Archives and Public Records, IPS division for sharing with us!

If you wish to learn more about our State Library, visit their site http://nsla.nv.gov/home