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Written by Jessica Prettyman

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $279,000 grant to the University of Arizona and Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (LAPR) to continue digitizing Arizona newspapers.

This marks the fourth grant received by LAPR.

LAPR has digitized around 380,000 pages for both the Arizona Digital Historic Newspapers platform and the Library of Congress’ “Chronicling America” site since 2008.

“We are honored and extremely excited to continue the Digital Newspaper Project,” said Secretary Reagan.  “The addition of these papers to the online collections will nurture a fuller appreciation for and understanding of the diverse forces which have combined to create our unique Arizona identity.”

The new grant will digitize another 100,000 pages which will make the total online newspaper collection almost 500,000 pages.

UA hopes to digitize some non-English newspapers including one of the longest-running Spanish-language Mexican American newspapers in Arizona, El Tucsonense (1915-1922).

Through the previous grants, LAPR has digitized 68 historical titles between the years of 1859-1922.

From these pages, digitized is the journey of the Arizona Territory to statehood and early identity of Arizona as a frontier.

“University of Arizona Libraries is excited to partner with LAPR to preserve early territorial newspapers that provide a broad range of perspectives,” said Shan Sutton, Dean of UA Libraries.  “As we continue to recognize the importance of diversity in our state’s heritage, it is critical to provide online access to vital voices that include publications by Mexican Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, Japanese relocation camps and migrant labor groups.”

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