Newspaper Resources in Michigan and Nationally
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, available from the Library of Congress, includes a directory of all American newspapers as well as libraries' holdings.
OCLC FirstSearch provides access to the newspaper holdings of many OCLC member libraries.
Digital Newspaper Collections
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, also hosts all the digitized newspaper content created by the National Digital Newspaper Program
Michigan Digital Newspaper Portal provides access to either digitized versions of newspapers or links to digitized newspapers made available from a variety of sources.
Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections offers 1.1 million pages of digitized newspapers and trade journals from Illinois and across the United States.
Information on obtaining microfilm copies of Michigan newspapers.
Copies of microfilm can only be made by the institution or company which owns the master negative. Generally, the leader of the microfilm will indicate who created the microfilm and who likely owns the master copy. Some of the larger collections of Michigan newspapers masters are held by the Library of Michigan (contact firstname.lastname@example.org), Central Michigan University's Clarke Library, ProQuest, the Center for Research Libraries, and Heritage Microfilm.
In early 2005 the National Endowment for the Humanities announced the creation of the National Digital Newspaper Program . Building on the foundation of the USNP, this new program will digitize and make accessible newspapers from all U.S. states and territories published between 1836 and 1922. The first round of six state projects began in mid-2005 with more states added each year.
NEH created its United States Newspaper Program (USNP) in the early 1980s in response to needs expressed by scholars studying the nation's history, politics, and sociology, as well as other areas of common interest such as genealogy and local history. NEH chose to concentrate on newspapers because they provide one of the largest and most comprehensive bodies of original materials conveying the story of our country. Additionally, newspapers represent all spectrums of society, ranging from small towns, counties and regions, to large cities and the entire country, as well as women, the military, and numerous minority communities. Finally, newspapers were selected because the information professions, including libraries, had traditionally not addressed the myriad issues unique to collecting, managing, and providing newspapers for use by scholars or the general public.
In the mid-1980s, the first grants for state-wide USNP projects were awarded. These grants are normally given to the institution which has its state's largest newspaper collection. Grants have been given to historical societies, and state, public, and academic libraries. In Michigan, the Michigan Newspaper Project is based at the Library of Michigan.
Projects have been funded in every state, and in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
An article from the Library of Congress that introduces the problems newspapers present and explains various conservation treatments.