Internal Deadline: October 21, 2022, 5pm PT
Optional Draft Due: December 1, 2022
External Deadline: January 12, 2023
Award Type: Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 10
Anticipated Award Amount: You may request up to $325,000.
Who May Serve as PI: To be eligible, you must not function solely as a fiscal agent for another entity and must make substantive contributions to the success of the project.
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://orif.usc.edu/oor-portal/.
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
NDNP is a partnership between NEH and the Library of Congress (LC) to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963 from all 56 states and U.S. jurisdictions. LC will permanently maintain this searchable database, which will be freely accessible online (see Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers). An accompanying national newspaper directory of bibliographic and holdings information on the website directs users to newspaper titles available in all types of formats. During the course of its partnership with NEH, LC will digitize and contribute a significant number of newspaper pages drawn from its own collections to Chronicling America.
If your application is successful, you will select newspapers—published in your state or jurisdiction between 1690 and 1963—and over a period of two years, convert approximately 100,000 pages into digital files (preferably from microfilm), according to the technical guidelines outlined by LC. You may select titles published in any language with a valid ISO 639-2 language code (or ISO 630-3, if appropriate). For newspapers published after 1926, you may only select those in the public domain (i.e., published without copyright or for which the copyright was not registered or renewed by 1963). If you wish to select titles for digitization published after 1926, you must indemnify LC and NEH.
NEH welcomes applications that involve collaboration between prior NDNP recipients and new partners. Such collaborations might involve arranging with experienced recipients to manage the creation and delivery of digital files; offering regular and ongoing consultation on managing aspects of the project; or providing formal training for project staff at an onsite institute or workshop. NDNP has supported such collaborations between the following partners: Arkansas and Mississippi; Florida and Puerto Rico; Louisiana and Mississippi; Minnesota and Iowa; Minnesota and North Dakota; Minnesota and South Dakota; Montana and Idaho; Texas and New Mexico; Texas and Oklahoma; and Virginia and West Virginia.
NDNP supports dissemination activities that engage the wider public in exploring the digitized content, within appropriate limits. Your budget may include staff time, consultation with outside experts, and other eligible expenses related to disseminating NEH-funded products, but the primary purpose of this program is to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers. If you propose digitizing titles in languages other than English, you must include staff with the relevant language expertise to review the quality of the converted content and related metadata.
Your award should include an advisory board of scholars (including experts on the history of print journalism, teachers, librarians, and archivists) involved in the selection process. Advisory boards should consist of members who hold diverse professional roles and work at a variety of different institutions. In addition to providing advice on content, the advisory board should help disseminate the project’s progress and Chronicling America more generally.
If you are a prior NDNP recipient, you may apply for a subsequent award to further newspaper digitization efforts. NEH has distinct programmatic expectations depending on how many NDNP awards you have previously received. This notice outlines these expectations. NEH will consider your number of previous NDNP awards when making funding decisions.
During your first three awards, you will become proficient in newspaper digitization production workflows and standards through your cooperative agreement with NEH and LC. At this stage, you must ensure that you or your partner institutions have access to large quantities of master negative microfilms of the state or jurisdiction’s newspapers for the period from 1690 through 1963.
If you are seeking your first, second, or third NDNP award, you should develop selection criteria with the following principles in mind: • Titles should reflect the political, economic, and cultural history of the state or jurisdiction. • You should give preference to titles that are recognized as “papers of record” at the state or county level and that contain published legal notices, news of state and regional governmental affairs, and announcements of community news and events. • Selected titles should provide state, or at least multi-county, coverage of the majority of the population areas. • You should give preference to newspapers with a broad chronological span over those with short runs or those that published sporadically.
If you are seeking a subsequent NDNP award, with the help of a carefully selected advisory board, you should develop selection criteria that move beyond the newspapers of record to include the following: • titles with underrepresented perspectives and histories • titles that have ceased publication and/or lack ownership, and therefore would be less likely to be digitized by other sources • previously digitized newspapers with strong justification for inclusion
In addition to more nuanced considerations of title selection, you might also advance the technological reaches of newspaper digitization by developing content platforms; finding innovative uses for NDNP data and metadata; and collaborating with educators, scholars, and/or technical experts.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.