Old news will be new again with a project the University of South Carolina is starting to put newspapers published between 1860 and 1922 into a computer database. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the university’s libraries have obtained a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the project.
Digital librarian Kate Boyd says the project will scan 100,000 pages of old South Carolina newspapers and make them available through the Library of Congress’ database.
The first phase should be ready by 2011, the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Boyd says an advisory board will select more than a dozen newspapers to start the project. The university plans to create a Web site for the South Carolina newspapers that is separate from the Library of Congress site.
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