This is huge news for Maine genealogists and historians:
The Maine State Library will digitize over 100,000 pages of historical Maine newspapers and make the content available online as part of a two-year, $275,000 grant announced this week by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The project will involve imaging master microfilm copies of Maine newspapers and optimizing the newly-created digital files so that text of the newspapers can be searched. The digitized content will then be uploaded to the web-based Digital Maine repository at www.digitalmaine.com, and the Library of Congress Chronicling America archive at www.chroniclingamerica.loc.gov .
“Digitization of these historic newspapers will greatly enhance access to first-hand accounts of Maine history as it unfolded,” said Maine State Librarian James Ritter. “Anyone with an internet connection will be able to browse the papers or perform a quick keyword search to look for stories about specific people, places or events from the past.”