Digitizing 19th century Hawaiʻi newspapers

January 20th, 2010  |  by  |  Published in Campus News

The Independent, an English-language newspaper from Hawaii circa 1809

The Independent, an English-language newspaper from Hawaiʻi circa 1809

Manoa’s Hamilton Library received an award of $140,920 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the continuation of the Hawai‘i Digital Newspaper Project for 2009-2010.

Digitized images of approximately 100,000 English-language newspaper pages from 10 Hawaiʻi newspapers will be included in the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America database, where the following English-language Hawaiʻi newspapers are already available for browsing:

The Daily Herald and The Hawaiian Gazette (during the years included here) represent a conservative pro-American editorial viewpoint, and The Independent represents a strongly nationalistic Hawaiian viewpoint.

Other newspapers available at Chronicling America include extensive coverage of Hawaiʻi topics from across the United States. As of December of 2009, Chronicling America offers free searchable online access to 1.7 million pages from 212 newspaper titles published between 1877 and 1922.

Digitization of additional newspaper content continues at the UH Mānoa Libraries and other National Digital Newspaper Program participant sites and new content will be uploaded in future quarterly increments. The principal investigators for Hamilton Library are Joan Hori and Martha Chantiny.

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