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Pierre, South Dakota
Digitizing South Dakota’s Newspapers
NEH funding has helped the South Dakota Digital Newspaper Project make historical papers like The Daily Dakota Farmers' Leader available online. Image courtesy of the South Dakota Digital Newspaper Project.

Supported with NEH funding, the South Dakota Digital Newspaper Project is a significant contribution to a nationwide initiative, Chronicling America. By 2020, the South Dakota Digital Newspaper Project will have published more than 100,000 newspaper pages online. For the staff of the South Dakota Department of Education, which runs the program, enabling better access to remarkable newspaper collections is one of the most exciting components of the project. Prior to the NEH grant, many of these newspapers had been preserved on microfilm and, to access them, researchers had to travel to the state’s archives. Chelle Somsen, the program’s director, said, “we wouldn’t have been able to provide that level of access without the grant funds. Now that they are online, we are seeing our resources being used even more.”

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