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NJ State Library, Rutgers University Libraries and the NJ State Archives Collaborate on NJ Digital Newspaper Project

“The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project is a collaboration of Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives and the New Jersey State Library that will make the history of New Jersey known to its citizens and the world. The plan, according to project director and Rutgers University digital archivist Caryn Radick, is to scan existing microfilm from the New Jersey State Archives and to make searchable digital files available through the Library of Congress website Chronicling America. Over a two-year period, the project will digitize and catalog at least 100,000 newspaper pages, originally published between 1836 and 1922 and not currently available in digital format.” (via New Jersey State Library)

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The New York Public Library Digitizes Centuries-Old Hebrew Manuscripts

“The New York Public Library’s Dorot Jewish Division has digitized 11 Hebrew manuscripts and two early printed books. The documents — which span over 400 years from the late medieval period to early modern history — cover Kaballah, literature and playwriting, science and medicine, and philosophical and astrological commentary.More than 2,000 digitized pages chronicle early Jewish scholarship and are now available on NYPL’s Digital Collections website.” (via The New York Public Library)

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Penn Libraries Announces Online Release of Holy Land Collections

“The Penn Libraries is excited to announce the debut of the online home for its Holy Land collections. The Holy Land Collections website features a wide range of special and general collections related to the Holy Land including rare manuscripts, original archeological artifacts, engraved maps, and many other fascinating primary and secondary source materials.” (via Penn Libraries News Center)

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Pullman Porter Museum to launch online registry of black railroad laborers

“Theodore Berrien worked as a Pullman porter from about 1940 to 1969, during which time he was chosen to accompany President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s funeral train on its route between Georgia and Washington, D.C.”He spoke of how kind Mrs. Roosevelt was and thanked him for his services during the trip,” his grandson recalled in a new searchable online registry of African-American railroad laborers.This entry — and thousands of others — have been recorded in the registry that will be launched by the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, with help from DePaul University, this week. Descendants and scholars will be able to preserve oral histories on the website that otherwise might be lost.”(via Chicago Tribune)

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Bringing books back to life: NEH, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation award $95,000 grant to UNT Libraries

“The University of North Texas Libraries is working to bring more than 100 out-of-print books back to life. Thanks to a $95,599 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor under the new Humanities Open Book Program, the UNT Libraries will digitize 146 books and make those available for free as e-books.” (via University of North Texas)

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