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Delaware Newspapers


The United States Newspaper Program (USNP) was a national project whose goal was to locate, catalog, preserve and provide access to the journalistic history of the United States through its newspapers. The program was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities with technical assistance provided by the Library of Congress. The USNP operated from 1980-2007. The program operated on a state-by-state basis with responsibility for an entire state assigned to one institution.

The Delaware Newspaper Project was sponsored by the Council of Historical Libraries of Delaware (CHILD). The University of Delaware Library was the lead institution in the project. The project involved grants applications, planning, inventorying, cataloging, and microfilming and took place between 1983 and 1996. Involving over 15 contributing state institutions and organizations, copies of microfilm produced for the Delaware Newspaper Project (DNP) can be obtained in various ways. 

Service copies of all microfilm produced are available at the University of Delaware Library (New Castle County), the Delaware Historical Society (New Castle County), and the Delaware Public Archives (Kent County). All of these libraries are open to the public and have the capability of making print copies from microfilm.

Please note that in many cases, only a single issue of a title was available for microfilming.

In addition, many of the titles have been digitized an are included in Chronicling America through the Delaware Digital Newspaper Project.

A bibliographic record for each title, with holdings information, is available in DELCAT Discovery, a WorldCat database, and can be found by executing a keyword search on "delaware newspaper project."