I thought I’d spend a few paragraphs talking about a project I started a couple of months ago. It’s a data viewer for Utah newspapers, historical and current. You can check it out here: http://todrobbins.com/utah-newspapers/
First: Some Context
The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library has been a leader in newspaper digitization. They were among the original contributors to the Chronicling America (CA) project (hosted by the Library of Congress) as a partner in the National Digital Newspaper Program. The Marriott Library hosts the Utah Digital Newspapers (UDN) project which with the Chronicling America site is where I am sourcing my data for my own project. The UDN “holds over 1,000,000 pages of historic Utah newspapers and it grows monthly,” which means I will be adding new entries to my own tool as often as there are updates at UDN.
I started this project because as a researcher I wanted a more usable tool for seeing all newspapers from Utah’s past and present and what newspapers were extant at a particular period of time in Utah’s history. UDN provides a newspaper timeline in PDF format but I wanted to see if I could improve on the information offered at their site and make it more user-friendly.
Some items on my to-do list (so you all can keep me accountable):
- Site search
- Add links to people connected to each newspaper (founders, editors, photographers, etc.)
- Add links from other digital newspaper resources (most of which are not publicly accessible but are out there)
- Add social buttons (Facebook, Twitter) for easily sharing newspaper and place pages
Feel free to share your own ideas in the comments below!