About the Digitizing Louisiana Newspaper Project
The LSU Libraries is pleased to announce the list of historical Louisiana newspapers (access by Title or Parish) that will be digitized as part of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Based on input from an Advisory Board of historians, educators, and archivists, project staff have selected 120 titles representing the main regions of Louisiana, rich with articles on historical events, interesting advertisements, and much more contained in newspapers published from 1836 through 1922.
The project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the NEH and the Library of Congress (LC) launched in 2004 to provide enhanced access to United States newspapers. Currently NDNP has 36 state and U.S. territory partners. Louisiana is one of seven added in 2009, to digitize 100,000 newspaper pages. In 2011, Louisiana was awarded a renewal grant to digitize an additional 100,000 pages. And in 2013, Louisiana was awarded a third and final grant to digitize yet another 100,000 pages. Visit the Chronicling America website to explore newspapers from Louisiana and across the country.
Since 1986 LSU has been actively involved with the United States Newspaper Program (USNP). During the first phase of the Louisiana Newspaper Project (LNP), a survey was conducted by Dr. Elsie Hebert of the Manship School of Journalism. The second and third phases (cataloging and microfilming) of LNP have been conducted by the LSU Libraries, beginning in the Fall of 1987 and continuing to the present.
The purpose of USNP is to preserve and make accessible newspapers printed in the fifty states and in the trust territories. USNP is supported financially by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with technical assistance provided by the Library of Congress.
During the cataloging phase of the LNP, LSU Libraries staff members cataloged all extant Louisiana newspapers they could locate in the state. They also compiled detailed information on all issues (both original and on film) held by repositories throughout the state. This information is updated and currently available online via FirstSearch WorldCat and OCLC Connexion Local Holdings Maintenance. All information compiled to 2000 is in the 3rd edition of The Louisiana Newspaper Project Printout (1999) available from the LSU Libraries. Records for Louisiana newspapers held by the LSU Libraries can be found in the online catalog.
"Family trees" have also been created for some newspapers with complicated publishing histories to help users trace changing titles and editions through time.