Preservation and Access: National Digital Newspaper Program

Period of Performance

7/1/2008 - 6/30/2015

Funding Totals

$875,938.00 (approved)
$841,277.38 (awarded)

Hawai'i Digital Newspaper Project, Phase One

FAIN: PJ-50035-08

University of Hawaii (Honolulu, HI 96822-2216)
Joan Hori (Project Director: November 2007 to November 2012)
Martha Chantiny (Project Director: November 2012 to October 2015)

Funding details:
Original grant (2008) $200,000.00
Supplement (2009) $140,920.00
Supplement (2010) $270,000.00
Supplement (2012) $230,357.38

Digitization of 25,000 pages of Hawai'i newspapers, dating from 1880 to 1922, as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Project will digitize and submit files and microfilm of newspapers that provided statewide (before annexation to the U.S., country-wide) coverage and had significant influence on the archipelago. Since the mid-1800s the major English language newspapers in Hawai'i have been primary sources of historical information used by students to learn about important events and study political and social movements. Access to issues of these papers has been via microfilm located in libraries throughout the state. Heavy use and poor environmental conditions have caused deterioration of the copies of the film. Presently the only way to locate information in the papers is by using printed indexes. These indexes do not include issues published prior to 1929. Newspapers in digital format are more readily accessible and enable broader access. Digitization will improve search capabilities as well as access through the Library of Congress website.

Media Coverage

All the news that’s fit to save (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Adrienne LaFrance
Publication: Honolulu Weekly
Date: 5/6/2009
Abstract: Describes NDNP Project and Library of Congress Site Visit

Digital Newspaper Project (Media Coverage)
Author(s): External Affairs and University Relations, Teri Skillman
Publication: News@UH
Date: 6/15/2009
Abstract: Press Release/Announcement about University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Hamilton Library receipt of $140,920 to support the continuation of the "Hawai'i Digital Newspaper Project" for 2009-2010.

Associated Products

Hawai'i Digital Newspaper Project (Web Resource)
Title: Hawai'i Digital Newspaper Project
Author: Martha Chantiny
Author: Erenst Anip
Author: Alice Kim
Abstract: Describes 2008-2012 Hawaii NDNP Project: Plan of work; Team Members; Reports; Events & Happenings; Hawaii newspapers in Social Media & LibGuides; Press Room; Related Resources; Subject and Topic Guides
Year: 2008
Primary URL:

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (Course or Curricular Material)
Title: Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Author: Joan Hori
Author: Dore Minatodani
Abstract: Describes Chronicling America, Hawaii newspapers available, explains search techniques and provides topic guides and technical information
Year: 2011
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: University of Hawai'i at Manoa LibGuide for Chronicling America
Audience: Undergraduate

Days of Grace: California artist Grace Hudson In Hawaii (Book)
Title: Days of Grace: California artist Grace Hudson In Hawaii
Author: Karen Holmes and Sherrie Smith-Ferri
Abstract: xxx
Year: 2014
Primary URL: http://
Primary URL Description: This URL contains image of thank you note from the authors to the project director. It reads: Dear Martha Chantiny & Jennifer Beamer & others at the National digital Newspaper Project- Many thanks for making these resources available. Hope you enjoy the results of our research. Sherri Smith Ferri Grace Hudson Museum.
Type: Multi-author monograph
Copy sent to NEH?: No