The Kansas Historical Society has received $160,500 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize more than 100,000 pages of Kansas newspapers dating from 1854 to 1922.
This marks the second time in nearly three years the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded money to the state historical society. In 2010, the society received nearly $210,000 to digitize nearly that same number of pages from Kansas newspapers from the same time period.
Because of the program, pages from some of Kansas’ oldest newspapers are now online through the Library of Congress, allowing anyone with Internet access to view them.
Since 2005, the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities have worked in partnership to digitize copies of 19th-century newspapers from 32 states and the District of Columbia. Kansas was chosen because of its connections to the Civil War and its association with cow towns, the Exoduster movement, Prohibition and the rise of the Populist movement.
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To view some of the pages already digitized, go to http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Some of the Kansas papers included in the project are The Wichita Eagle, Abilene Reflector, Dodge City Globe, Iola Register, White Cloud Kansas Chief and Saline County Journal.