The Vermont Digital Newspaper Project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress. The University of Vermont Libraries was awarded funding from NEH to work collaboratively with partners in the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Ilsley Public Library of Middlebury, and the Vermont Historical Society to select, digitize, and make available up to 100,000 pages of Vermont newspapers, published between 1836 and 1922, from the microfilm collections of the Vermont Department of Libraries and the University of Vermont. Under its first Phase 1 grant (July 1, 2010-Aug. 31, 2012), the VTDNP contributed nearly 130,000 pages of historical Vermont newspaper content to the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America database. The VTDNP received continuation funding (Sept. 1, 2012-Aug. 31, 2014) to digitize an additional 100,000 pages of newspapers.
The project builds upon work of the NEH-funded Vermont Newspaper Project which, from 1997 to 2001, identified, cataloged and microfilmed close to 1,000 historical Vermont newspaper titles and nearly 3,000 local holdings from over 100 libraries, historical societies, museums, and other repositories throughout the state.