University of Hawaii at Manoa Library

NEH National Digital Newspaper Project Grant Application Digital Access to Hawai'i Newspapers 1836-1922
July 2010-August 2012

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Description of project

The University of Hawai'i at M?noa (UHM) Library will continue its partnership with the Hawai'i State Public Library System (HSPLS) and the Hawai'i State Archives to digitize and submit to the Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) important Hawai'i English-language newspapers -spanning the kingdom, republic, and territorial history of Hawai'i. In this phase, UHM Library will also pursue locating and obtaining at least one early newspaper from parts of the Pacific region under American administration by working in partnership with university libraries or historical societies in those regions.

Hawai'i newspapers that are the focus of this project were identified by the Hawai'i Newspaper Project conducted in the 1980s, which completed a comprehensive inventory of all newspapers published in Hawai'i. The proposed project will cover approximately 100,000 microfilmed newspaper pages from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, The Maui News, The Garden Island [Kaua'i], Sandwich Island Gazette and The Polynesian and possibly some of the precursor titles (Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Daily Commercial Advertiser) of the Honolulu Advertiser. Arrangements with the New York Public Library and Library of Congress will be explored to obtain microfilm copies of the Pacific region titles Cablenews-American, O Le Fa'atonu and Guam News Letter. An Advisory Board of experts and historians will review the list of potential Hawai'i newspapers, consult with area specialists for American Samoa, Philippines, and Guam, and review the progress of the NDNP 2008-2010 project to make a final selection of newspapers to include in the project's next stage.

Deliverables will include: Digitization to Library of Congress specification; structural metadata for issues/editions to relate pages to title, date, and edition, to sequence pages within issue or section, and to identify image and OCR files; grayscale page images at 300-400 dpi in uncompressed TIFF 6.0 and JPEG2000 formats; validated OCR text files with bounding-box coordinates and PDF Image with hidden text, text and image correlated; validated metadata using METS in accordance with guidelines and technical metadata to support a chronologically-based browsing interface.

Principle activities: Selection of newspapers for digitization; identify location and ownership of microfilm masters and obtain 2N microfilm, coordinate vended digitization and OCR text conversion; inspection, quality control, shipment and tracking of deliverables to the Library of Congress; and maintenance of website documenting project and providing local access. Additional activities: history and significance essays; presentation of Hawai'i NDNP project and activities at 2011 and 2012 Hawai'i History Day; update of searchable online version of Helen Chapin's list of Hawai'i newspapers with additional information. If a bilingual title is selected, we will work with Library of Congress and the vendor to determine appropriate mark-up and metadata.

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