State Historical Society to aid in digitization of Civil War-era newspapers

Monday, June 18, 2012 | 4:54 p.m. CDT; updated 10:41 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 19, 2012

COLUMBIA — The State Historical Society of Missouri has been awarded a $74,623 grant to digitize several Civil War-era Missouri newspapers.

Now, the newspapers, dating from 1854 to 1876, are on microfilm and available for public viewing at the historical society, which is on Lowry Mall at MU.

The digitized versions will be freely available as part of the online Missouri Digital Newspaper Project. They will also be featured on the historical society's American Civil War in Missouri website.

The grant comes from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent agency of the federal government, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library.

Gerald Hirsch, assistant director of reference and information systems, said the money will be used to hire one full-time staff member in Columbia for a year. 

The grant period begins July 16. The newspapers are scheduled to be available electronically in 2013.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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