About the Utah Digital Newspapers Program

The Utah Digital Newspapers (UDN) program has been operating at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library since 2002. UDN is recognized as one of the leaders in newspaper digitization in the United States, especially within the public sector. Our collection holds over 1,000,000 pages of historic Utah newspapers and it grows monthly. Its newspapers can be browsed by issue or searched by keywords, article titles, weddings, deaths, and births.

UDN is built upon a distributed state-wide collection of newspapers that is aggregated into a single, searchable index hosted at the U of U. We partner with Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and Salt Lake Community College to accomplish this, each hosting a portion of the content. This collaboration was, we believe, the first aggregation of newspaper metadata and remains the foundation of our distributed and aggregated statewide collection.

Brief History

In 2001 the Marriott Library was awarded a Library Services and Technology (LSTA) grant to research and demonstrate a newspaper digitization project. The Library successfully digitized 30,000 pages from three weekly Utah newspapers and developed a high-quality, cost-effective process that pioneered newspaper digitization in the public sector. Our website was launched in December, 2002, with this very modest content.

In a watershed event, UDN received a $1.02 million National Leadership Grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services in September, 2003. BYU made a significant contribution to the matching funds. This large award allowed us to add 240,000 newspaper pages, tripling the size of the collection. For more information please read the grant proposal.

From 2005–2011, UDN received three National Digital Newspaper Program grants from the National Endowment of Humanities. These grants combined for $1.08 million in funding and provided for digitization of over 350,000 newspaper pages. All of this content will be included in the Library of Congress' Chronicling America; Historic American Newspapers collection, as well as our UDN database.

The University of Utah remains the only institution to receive both an IMLS National Leadership Grant for digitizing newspapers and an NEH NDNP award.

In July, 2010, UDN passed the 1 million page mark, becoming the first state-wide public program to do so.

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