Hot Off the Press: 19th Century Tennessee Newspapers Now Available Online
The University of Tennessee and the Tennessee State Library and Archives are proud to announce the first pages from the Tennessee Digital Newspaper Project (TDNP) are now available on the Chronicling America web site. The TDNP is part of the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities’ National Digital Newspaper Project.
Tennessee Digital Newspaper Project
A statewide panel comprised of historians, scholars, librarians and genealogists has selected a range of newspaper titles from across the state’s three Grand Divisions for inclusion in the project; approximately 100,000 pages in total. This initial phase of the project focuses on the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras.
The first 14,000 pages are now available to search or browse online at: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
Memphis Daily Appeal
The first Tennessee newspaper to be digitized for the TDNP is the Memphis Daily Appeal, 1857-1872. Historical Tennessee newspapers lend real voices to pivotal events in the history of our state and the nation; offering an on-the-spot, first-hand account of events as they happened.
~ Read frontline dispatches from Civil War correspondents such as SHADOW and DIXIE.
~ Follow the “Moving Appeal” on its three year journey around the South as it attempts to stay ahead of the Union Army.
~ Browse the advertisements for farm equipment, clothing, guns, real estate or the latest cure-alls such as “Braggs Arctic Liniment” and “Dr Mott’s Chalybeate Pills.”
~ Read the latest from the cotton factors, the railroad, and the riverboats.
More titles will be added over the next year. Look out for Brownlow’s Knoxville Whig, the Nashville Union and American, the Chattanooga Daily Rebel, the Athens Post, the Clarksville Weekly Chronicle, and many more.
Many thanks to Dwight Teeter and Ed Caudill for writing the history of individual newspapers as well as the final history that was included in our grant application. We also thank Dorothy Bowles for her early work in drafting the history of newspapers for a prior grant proposal. Finally, we welcome to Lori Roessner to the group for the upcoming years to help also write some newspaper histories.
For more information, please contact:
JoAnne Deeken or Louisa Trott
University of Tennessee Libraries
865-974-4702 or 865-974-0025
Granted, it's past, not future, but this is part of a larger Library of Congress & NEH program to digitize newspapers and other materials in the public domain and make them accessible - you can go to the national site linked in the announcement to see what's available.
And besides, knowing the past can help you understand where the future's heading