Digitization of Minnesota's Newspapers

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$320,954
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
Status
Ongoing
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (c), Programs
Appropriation Language

(c) Programs. $3,000,000 in 2010 and $4,750,000 in 2011 are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$320,954
Project Overview

Working with the Minnesota Newspaper Association, local historical societies and newspaper publishers, the Minnesota Historical Society launched an innovative project to expand the number of contemporary newspapers available in digital form.

In the pilot phase of the project, the Society developed a methodology for digitizing, preserving and indexing newspaper content. Those processes will be tested with six newspapers and optimized in 2011.

Arts and Cultural Heritage funds also allowed the Society to purchase necessary hardware and software to store the newspaper files and to make the content available to researchers through the Society's reference library, as well as through a web site that will be available to the public.

Project Details
Working with the Minnesota Newspaper Association, local historical societies and newspaper publishers, the Minnesota Historical Society launched an innovative project to expand the number of contemporary newspapers available in digital form. In the pilot phase of the project, the Society developed a methodology for digitizing, preserving and indexing newspaper content. Those processes will be tested with six newspapers and optimized in 2011. With ACHF funding, the Society was also able to purchase necessary hardware and software to store the newspaper files and to make the content available to researchers through the Society's reference library, as well as through a web site that will be available to the public.
Project Manager
Salutation
Mr.
First Name
Dennis
Last Name
Meissner
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd West
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55102
Phone
651-259-3350