The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a third grant of $300,000 to the Oklahoma Historical Society to develop an internet-based, searchable database of newspapers from Oklahoma.
Chad Williams, director of the society's research division, says the society has placed more than 200,000 newspaper pages on the internet with the earlier grants. The society is also digitizing all other pre-1923 Oklahoma newspapers with a grant funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
Williams says the titles reflect the state's history from the 1850s to the 1920s.
Currently there are 681,474 Oklahoma newspaper pages available for viewing on the Gateway to Oklahoma History website. When completed, the two grant projects will allow the society to provide word searchable free access to all pre-1923 Oklahomanewspapers in its collections.