[Preservenw] RFPs-Cooperative Agreements for the National Digital
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Mon Aug 21 16:06:52 PDT 2006
National Endowment for the Humanities:
Division of Preservation and Access
Request for Proposals-Cooperative Agreements for the National Digital
Newspaper Program (A Partnership between NEH and the Library of Congress)
· Award amount: up to $400,000
· Deadline for submission: November 1, 2006
· Award announcement: July 2007
· Grant period: 2 years beginning July 2007
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is soliciting proposals
from institutions to participate in the next phase of the National Digital
Newspaper Program (NDNP). Ultimately, over a period of approximately 20
years, NDNP will create a national, digital resource of historically
significant newspapers from all the states and U.S. territories published
between 1836 and 1922. This searchable database will be permanently
maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and be freely accessible via
the Internet. An accompanying national newspaper directory of
bibliographic and holdings information on the website will direct users to
newspaper titles available in all types of formats. LC will also digitize
and contribute to the NDNP database a significant number of newspaper
pages drawn from its own collections during the course of this partnership
between NEH and the Library.
NDNP will be implemented in several phases. The program began its
development phase in May 2005 with awards to six state projects that are
selecting newspapers published in California, Florida, Kentucky, New York,
Utah, and Virginia during the decade of 1900 to 1910. NDNP's
chronological coverage will be expanded in successive phases, starting
with the late nineteenth century and eventually going back to the 1830s.
The Endowment intends to support additional projects in all states and
U.S. territories, provided that sufficient funds allocated for this
purpose are available. One organization within each U.S. state or
territory will receive an award to collaborate with relevant state
partners in this effort. Previously funded projects will be eligible for
continued support to digitize pages from new decades.
Successful applicants for the next phase of NDNP will select newspapers
published in English within their state between 1880 and 1910 and convert,
primarily from microfilm, over a period of two years, a minimum of 100,000
pages into digital files, according to the technical guidelines outlined
by the Library of Congress.
NDNP builds on the foundation established by an earlier NEH initiative:
the United States Newspaper Program (USNP). Since 1982, the Endowment has
supported a cooperative, national effort to locate, catalog, and preserve
on microfilm American newspapers published from the 18th century to the
present. NEH has funded newspaper projects in all the fifty states, the
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. When completed
in 2007, USNP will have provided bibliographic control to widely scattered
newspapers and have preserved on microfilm (to consistent national
standards) selected titles from this vulnerable corpus. LC has provided
technical assistance for the USNP since its inception.
NEH expects to award two-year cooperative agreements (of up to $400,000
each), depending on the availability of funds. The Guidelines for the
Request for Proposals are located at:
http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/ndnp.html . LC's technical guidelines
are found at: http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/pdf/NDNP_200709TechNotes.pdf .
For information about the application process, contact the Division of
Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570 or e-mail at preservation at neh.gov.
The postal address is:
National Digital Newspaper Program
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506
Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.
All questions relating to the technical guidelines should be directed to
LC staff at ndnptech at loc.gov.
Digital Reference Team
Library of Congress
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